Regarding the letter (TNT, 8-27) about requiring Wal-Mart and other low-wage stores to pay a living wage: Perhaps the writer should be aware of other considerations that have a very direct impact on the question of who pays those employees.
Recently there was an item in this paper about Wisconsin paying more than $75 million a year in state support for employees of Wal-Mart due to low income.
I have no doubt that Wal-Mart, and other low-wage employees, are also receiving that same sort of support from Washington state taxpayers too. Thus, there are not two parties that the letter writer mentioned but three. Don’t forget the taxpayers.
There are two ways that we Washington state residents are involved. We can pay with the right hand when making a purchase at the store; we can pay with the left hand when we pay our taxes.
I don’t know about anyone else, but I really don’t like helping large companies increase their profits by using stingy pay scales to shift their costs to the taxpayers. If you go to those stores then you should pay; if you don’t go to those stores you should not have to pay.
Perhaps a bit more rational thought should be used rather than mantra.