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Continued: Readers Write: (Jan. 16): Minnesota Orchestra, Guthrie, minimum wage, I-394, bottle bill, home prices

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MINIMUM WAGE

Corporate budgets clearly have flexibility

I thank Yosseph Budle for his Jan. 14 commentary about how minimum-wage increases would squeeze or eliminate his profits in home health care (“On wage hike, consider the risks”). But wouldn’t insurers and public employers have to raise their reimbursement rates to comparable levels?

Budle argues that the suggested increases are “artificially high,” but we have long had such “artificially high” minimum-wage laws, just not such miserably low ones. The current minimum is out of whack; adjusted for inflation, it is 20 percent below the rate in 1967, and one can no longer live on that amount. Minimum is just that — minimum, not “adequate.” I’d be happy to pay much more for a Whopper Jr. if I knew that the increase was going to the workers.

Shouldn’t we instead be arguing more frequently and vociferously that corporations should adjust their executives’ and directors’ salaries downward and loosen up their overflowing coffers to pay employees a decent wage? What kind of country do we aspire to be?

MARY MCLEOD, St. Paul

 

I-394

Absent hovercraft or pothole repairs …

The only thing on the road that is more dangerous than the litany of potholes on Interstate 394 between Penn and Hwy. 100 are the drivers who are forced to violently swerve their vehicles around them.

At one point, the state had a fund to pay for damaged vehicles. It may be time to revisit such a plan if it intends to avoid fixing the roadway.

ERIK SELDEN, Minneapolis

 

‘BOTTLE BILL’

With deposit, litter isn’t litter for long

I lived in Michigan when that state passed a “bottle bill” (“Bottles pile up in trash,” Jan. 14). It added 10 cents on all carbonated-beverage containers.

I can say there were no bottles or cans to be seen on the sides of the roads or in the gutters. If the person who bought the beverage was too lazy to get the deposit, someone else was there to pick it up.

MONICA CHEVALIER, Minneapolis

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