‘Minimum wage isn’t the solution to poverty’
“Rekha Basu in her June 7 column [“Minimum Wage Can’t Provide Basic Needs”] tells us that raising the minimum wage is the key to raising people out of poverty. She gives several examples of people having trouble meeting their needs.
During the Clinton administration, three guidelines were recommended for avoiding poverty: Graduate high school, work full time, and delay having children until married and at least 21 years old.
Of those following these rules, only 2 percent ended up living in poverty and 72 percent were in the middle class. Of those not following these guidelines, 77 percent live in poverty and only 4 percent were in the middle class.
A 20-year-old single parent’s problems will not be solved by raising the minimum wage.”
— David C. Hammel, Urbandale
[This LTE appeared in the 6/11 Register]