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PAY: Tie graduation to minimum wage

Letter by Ted L. Philichi, Tacoma on Jan. 31, 2014 at 1:42 pm with No Comments »
January 31, 2014 2:03 pm

We hear a lot now days about raising the minimum wage and our declining high school graduation rates. My suggestion is that we tie the two together.

Without a high school degree, a person would be ineligible for the state of Washington’s high minimum wage requirements. I suggest this for three reasons:
• A person without a high school degree is less valuable to an employer then a person with the degree. Accordingly, the employer should not have to pay as much.

• This would present a definite tangible reward to kids to remain in school. It may motivate them to attend classes regularly, find a better school or just settle in for the required effort.

• The lower wage might entice employers to give these non-degreed kids a second look when hiring for jobs.

I am not a proponent of minimum wage, but I am also not a proponent of an uneducated workforce. Possibly the two together could create a positive result.

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