Letter: Will $15 minimum wage really kill jobs?
Last summer, I noticed that Superior's East End McDonald's restaurant was advertising to hire workers at $13 an hour.
I'm not a politician, a business owner or a financial analyst. However, as a "regular" citizen of the state of Wisconsin, I rely on knowledge and experience of such influential persons to help me understand the current economic picture of Wisconsin and our nation.
Tom Tiffany, Wisconsin's U.S. 7th District congressional representative, in his e-newsletter of Feb. 5, refers to the federal initiative to double the minimum wage to $15 per hour as a "job-killing plan." I find his comment to be confusing.
Last summer, I noticed that Superior's East End McDonald's restaurant was advertising to hire workers at $13 an hour. During the months since then, I have noticed the same advertising going on. My thinking is that a good supply of workers should have been hired by now, and thus, there should be no more need to advertise for a while.
If Rep. Tiffany is correct and paying $15 an hour in wages will kill businesses, why is it that the Superior McDonald's seems to be going strong while offering to pay workers $13 an hour? If McDonald's should move up to paying $15 an hour in wages, I wonder if they will continue to have the need to advertise so often for workers.
Edythe M. Lanswick,