In every election, there is an issue generated to divide people. This time it’s the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Some are arguing for a raise to as much as $15 an hour; for sound economic reasons, many others don’t want it raised at all. As frequently happens in Washington when compromise is needed, Maine Republican Sen. Susan Collins is leading the charge.

Sen. Collins knows that working families are struggling in these difficult times. However, she also knows that raising the minimum wage will not solve the root of the problem and instead unleash a torrent of unintended consequences which will put this country’s economy in further peril. But if a solution isn’t found, many people will slip further into poverty.

I commend Sen. Collins for working to find a solution that will help working families, and yet also not further destabilize our country’s economy.

Patrick Calder


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