The Sept. 18 State Journal had a column about U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson not wanting to raise the minimum wage.
Though I understand people feel $7.25 an hour is not a good wage, these are jobs meant for kids starting their first jobs or people trying to pick up extra easy work and money. These are starter jobs. They are not designed to provide a living wage.
Now, after owning my own company, I understand that not every person I hire is worth $15 an hour. If I would have to pay them all that wage as a minimum, then the people who really know what they are doing would cost more than $20 to $25 an hour. This would cause me to raise my rates to over $50 an hour. It would make it very hard for a company to get by.
The average worker wouldn't care. They would be getting more money. But if this happens everywhere, the prices on everything will jump. Factories will close in the state and move elsewhere.
In the end, companies will move to where they can get work done cheaper. We'll have fewer jobs, and everyone will be worse off.
Brandon Elsing, Stoughton