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Re: Your October article on the proposed minimum wage hike ("Business Beat"): The feds are going to do it to us again. The economy cannot take a big hike ($4.25 to $5.15 is an increase of over 21 percent).

If some employees get an increase of 21 percent, unions and other employees will say, "Hey, me too!" As overhead rises, the price of the product you sell must also rise. This is called inflation. It won't take long to wipe out the increased buying power of the dollar they just gave them.

I say to the feds, "Get real." The only way to get minimum wage earners more buying power for their dollar is to balance the budget. Once we have a balanced budget, the feds can lower taxes. The wage earner will have more spendable dollars. And as business increases, prices will decrease.

Sherman Latulippe

Royal Palm Verticals & More

Loxahatchee, Florida

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This article was originally published in the February 1996 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Letters.

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