Minimum wage

Minimum wage (March 20, 2014)

Letters to the editor from Lake Forest, Libertyville and Highland Park.

Business owners

This is concerning raising the minimum wage.

An employer looks at a new law and considers what he has to do to comply with it. A raise for his workers of about $3 an hour adds up to that much more a day, then a week and a month. But then there are all the taxes that increase with the raise in wages. There are the taxes for employee Social Security, unemployment, worker's compensation, health care, etc. These taxes go up with the hourly raises.

If you have 10 employees, it adds up.

Where is the extra money to pay all this coming from? Often you can not raise your prices as your customers will not pay more for your product. So do you let someone go? That hurts. Can you sell much more of your product? You are already working hard to make as many sales as you can.

Instead of looking at the problems from the point of view of the employees, investigate the difficulties of the wage payers. It is great to sit back and dream of helping the "poor," but do try to study what really is involved.

I have run a business and I know how hard it is to cover all the costs as it is.

Elizabeth Clarke, Lake Forest

Medical marijuana

A recent edition of TribLocal contains an article discussing medical marijuana rules in Highland Park. There were two points that I found interesting.

Linda Sloan, a planning division manager, asked if medical marijuana sales can be taxed.

The answer is, yes they can.

The story stated, "Plan Commissioner Phil Kaplan noted that dispensaries in Highland Park could make life easier for residents with qualifying medical conditions."

After reviewing the state law regarding medical marijuana dispensaries and growth centers, I was struck by how shortsighted the state of Illinois is. Rather than seeing the benefits of the revenue provided by the sales tax, the state legislature seems to be focusing on "Reefer Madness." Any high school parent can tell you how easy it is for a child to obtain marijuana.

It seems that the amount of state revenue that has been generated for Colorado, Washington and California would be significant factors in wanting to implement a program that would generate the maximum amount of sales tax possible.

The intention of the program is to benefit people like me, who suffer from illnesses like multiple sclerosis, cancer and Parkinson's.

I hope that the Plan Commission takes this into consideration when it makes its final decision.

Broucka Sarnoff, Highland Park

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