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 […]

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. A recent letter to the editor proposed that the minimum wage be raised to $15. Here’s how readers reacted: • Way to crush small business. — Mike Bohan • If they can’t […]

Legislators returning Tuesday after difficult 2017

DOVER — After one of the most trying final months of a legislative term in living memory, legislators return this week with hopes 2018 will be smoother. The second leg of the 149th General Assembly begins Tuesday, kicking off a six-month period that officials are sure will be eventful. Between now and the early morning […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Of misleading numbers and the minimum wage

In response to Mr. Clemens’ [Opinion page] article in the State News on 1/12/17 (“Justice needs to be on the bargaining table”), I would like to start by saying thank you for reading my Opinion page] article of 1/2/17 [“The election, the future of our nation and Delaware”], and then responding. To be sure, we […]

2016 in Review: Looking back, politics revealed a divided Delaware

DOVER — We will remember 2016 mostly for its politics. It was the year that Donald Trump landed his helicopter in Harrington and made a rollicking pitch to “Make America Great Again” on his unconventional journey to the White House. The Delaware State Fairgrounds stop was a red, white and blue rally like no other […]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Democracy is dead

One hundred years ago, 1916, during an election year, Louis Brandeis was nominated — and confirmed — to the Supreme Court, where he served with great distinction for many years. Seventeen years later, in 1933, he made a very astute observation in one of his opinions: “Through size, corporations, once merely an efficient tool employed […]

Minimum wage hike proposal stopped by Delaware House panel

DOVER — A House committee failed to release to the full chamber Wednesday a bill that would raise the state’s minimum wage by $2 over the next four years. After the House Economic Development Committee heard arguments and testimony for well over an hour, the bill’s sponsor said the measure lacked enough support to pass. […]

Minimum wage meeting dominated by opponents

  DOVER — The arguments against raising the state’s minimum wage were both economic and philosophical. During an informal meeting discussing hotly debated legislation, small-business owners maintained raising minimum pay requirements would lead inevitably to layoffs and higher prices that would affect everyone, among other negatives. Approximately 50 stakeholders spent about 45 minutes discussing the […]

Wages on minds of business owners at luncheon

  WYOMING — Residents, business owners and community leaders had a chance to voice their concerns to Gov. Jack Markell during a luncheon at Hall’s Family Restaurant Thursday afternoon. The event was organized by Rep. Lyndon Yearick, R-Camden. “This is the second year that I put this together,” Rep. Yearick said. “It’s a great opportunity. […]

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