Letter to the Editor: Not all wages are equal

I feel compelled to once again respond to a recent letter to the editor regarding the ongoing drumbeat to raise the minimum wage. (“Are some burdens heavier than others?” Jan. 22) Mr. Sowers of Harbeson begins by making a reasoned case against some of the poorly supported arguments of others against raising the minimum wage. […]

Letter to the Editor: Are some burdens heavier than others?

The commentary, “Minimum wage hike would burden Delaware businesses” by Dr. John Stapleford and associate Justin Chan of the (libertarian) Caesar Rodney Institute, and the subsequent Speak Out comments, left out discussion of a number of related but equally important issues. First, Stapleford made reference to studies supporting his position but did not name or […]

Commentary: Too many people aren’t earning enough to get by

Here we go again. As soon as raising the state’s minimum wage is mentioned, out of the woods comes Dr. John E. Stapleford scaring up the public with doom of businesses closing their doors should such an increase occur. (“Minimum wage hike would burden businesses.”) The conservative Caesar Rodney Institute must have this article printed […]

Commentary: Minimum wage hike would burden Delaware businesses

State Sen. Darius Brown has proposed additional minimum wage increases on top of the increase from the last legislative session. These proposed increases are substantial, raising the Delaware minimum wage from $9.25 to $11 in 2020 and then adding $1.00 every year after until a $15 minimum wage in 2024. An extraordinary increase of 16% […]

Speak Out: Minimum wage debate

Readers continued to react to a recent commentary by Mike O’Halloran is state director of National Federation of Independent Business in Delaware, headlined “Minimum wage hike would crush many Delaware small businesses.” •How about we discuss the fact that, if wages had risen with the cost of living over the course of the last 20 […]

Speak Out: Minimum wage hike

Readers reacted to a recent commentary by Mike O’Halloran is state director of National Federation of Independent Business in Delaware, an association that represents hundreds of small businesses in the state, headlined “Minimum wage hike would crush many small businesses” • All it will do is raise prices on everything. Yet another in a very […]

Speak Out: Raising the minimum wage

Democratic legislators are proposing to increase Delaware’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. A bill filed Friday would raise the minimum wage to $11 on Jan. 1, 2020, followed by a $1 raise at the start of each year until it hits $15 in 2024. The current minimum wage of $8.75 increases to $9.25 per […]

Letter to the Editor: Youth and training wage

Delaware lawmakers are committed to raising the minimum wage $1/hour by 2020. This increase has the potential to have a positive impact in communities across the state. However, I am concerned that the inclusion of the youth and training wage will push adult workers out of the job market because young people will be cheaper […]

Letter to the Editor: Increasing minimum wage has effects

The public discourse on the merits of increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour is a cruel hoax perpetrated on the workers in our society who are paid that rate. The argument is that these workers should be paid a working wage —whatever the definition of that term might be. What is ignored is the inflationary […]

Sound Off Delaware: Minimum wage debate

This is your public forum. We welcome your opinions, which can be emailed to newsroom@newszap.com or posted online under the stories at www.DelawareStateNews.net. Delaware’s minimum wage increases from $8.25 to $8.75 on Jan. 8. A training minimum wage and a youth wage that is not more than 50 cents less than the minimum wage rate […]