If politicians in Tallahassee are concerned about the economy, they will abandon efforts to block local control over wage and employment standards.
For more than a decade, Miami-Dade County has had a living-wage standard because the federal minimum wage doesn’t provide nearly enough to support a worker — let alone one with a family. Living-wage standards keep local workers out of poverty and increase corporate profits by enhancing employee productivity and reducing turnover.
If state lawmakers dismantle local efforts to reduce poverty, including through living wage standards, perhaps they should be forced to work for the federal minimum wage themselves.
Rev. Dr. Guillermo Marquez-Sterling, Coral Gables Congregational Church, Coral Gables