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Forget an increase: Abolish the minimum wage

Doesn't anyone realize that in this dreadful economy and with the equally dreadful Obamacare looming, an increase in the minimum wage would result in even more unemployment? ("Labor official brings minimum-wage push to Baltimore," May 13.) Simple arithmetic shows that a small business that is currently struggling to meet payroll will simply fire enough employees to be able to give the others their governmentally mandated "raise." That's the only way to keep their payroll within reason. The only other options are to raise prices or simply close the doors.

None of these three options is acceptable. There should be no minimum wage increase. There really should be no governmental minimum wage requirement at all.

Clay Seeley, Owings Mills

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