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Consistent inflation reason to increase minimum wage

By MATTHEW P. SCHULTZ Paducah

EDITOR:

Contrary to Mitch McConnell's claims, increasing the minimum wage would not kill jobs. Increases in the federal minimum wage occurred during robust economic growth in the 1990s, and study after study concludes that there is no correlation between the minimum wage and unemployment. Business leaders have directly contradicted McConnell on this issue, and said that a higher wage leads to less turnover and more productive employees.

Plain common sense would tell you that increasing the wage would boost spending and help our local economies. The argument that an increase in the federal minimum wage would increase inflation is intuitive, but the history of our nation and the world indicates that inflation rises irrespective of a stagnant minimum wage. Constantly progressing inflation is precisely the reason minimum wage should now be increased.

We can all agree no parent working 40 hours per week should fall below the poverty line. This is immoral.

It's time for Kentucky to elect a senator who cares more about jobs here at home and less about protecting his own.

MATTHEW P. SCHULTZ

Paducah

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