There are so many reasons why raising the minimum wage was the right thing to do. It helps the working poor climb out of poverty.

It puts more money into the pockets of working families. It can stimulate the economy. It demonstrates to workers that their service is both valuable and valued. Corporations and businesses will always say that they can’t afford an increase, but the reality is that they can.

Decades of opposition to a minimum wage increase would have resulted in paltry salaries that in no way could keep up with the cost of living.

And what kind of society would that be? Simple — one in which the rich get richer at the expense of, and on the backs of, the working poor. I am glad I voted for Rep. Paul Evans. He promised to help working families, and by supporting the minimum wage increase, he did. Oregon needs more legislators like him.

Amanda Deyerle

West Salem

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