Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CITY HALL; Prolonging Defeat

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

CITY HALL; Prolonging Defeat

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City Council should have rejected the living wage bill last week, rather than sending the measure back for further committee study.

Apparently, the new tack opponents are taking is to make the new local minimum wage apply only to city employees. That's better, but not good enough.

The idea that politicians or social activists know the "correct" level of wages is ridiculous. Proponents simply pulled a figure out of the air and declared it to be "just."

The just level is whatever amount is offered that competent workers will accept. If it is too low, there will not be any qualified applicants.

City workers and city officials already have a contract. The workers have agreed to do their jobs at the current salary and any changes should come at the bargaining table.

Workers are at the lower incomes because they lack skills. The way to increase incomes is to increase skills and education.

The "living wage" movement has been under way for about 10 years, beginning in Baltimore. …

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