A fair minimum wage stokes economic growth

Commentary | October 17, 2007 | By John Burbank | Everett Herald

One good thing about our state's minimum wage announcement is that it wasn't accompanied by the typical "woe-is-me" rhetoric from businesses about how this increase of 1.8 percent is going to wipe them out. Perhaps that's because with the best minimum wage in the country, employers are seeing less worker turnover. That means lower costs for recruitment and training, and more productivity from workers who stay on the job and are committed to their work. "You get what you pay for" makes as much common sense when paying wages as it does when shopping for office furniture.

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