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letters | State eyes increase in minimum wage

Hiking wage would pose economic woes, make Mass. an outlier

Your June 17 lead editorial “Raise the minimum wage, but exempt summer jobs for teens” recognizes how a minimum wage that exceeds the level of worker productivity can pose problems for young and inexperienced workers. A lower minimum wage for teens would allow the private sector to help solve the problem of rising unemployment among young people and reduce pressure to rely on increasing taxpayer subsidies for summer jobs.

But the minimum wage for all workers must also reflect economic reality. Setting it at a level that is out of the mainstream would exacerbate the negative economic effects of layoffs, fewer new job opportunities, or higher prices.

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