To the Editor,
I’m tired of hearing so-called free market advocates panning a living wage for the working poor.
As long as corporations like Wal-Mart and others can shunt the cost of keeping their workers fed, healthy, clothed and housed, onto us taxpayers, they will.
It’s foolish to let such employers control their markets with low prices while making enormous profits by taking advantage of the idea that a decent society won’t let their workers starve, live in a cardboard box or succumb to illnesses our medical system can readily treat.
Adopting the minimum wage increase, which will be on the ballot throughout New Jersey on November 5, is the least that we can do to even the playing field for right-minded businesses, small and large.
Michael G. Busche