Wage hike effects

02/22/2014 12:00 AM

02/21/2014 7:24 PM

Regarding your Wednesday Page 1 article, “Increasing minimum wage may cost jobs,” the proposal to raise the minimum wage approximately 40 percent to $10.10 an hour will substantially raise the cost of doing business for labor intensive businesses. And some businesses are preparing for this increase.

I recently had lunch at a chain restaurant, and on the table was a wireless touch-screen. You could read the menu, place your order and receive and pay your bill on this device. No wait staff needed except to set the table and bring out what you ordered.

This restaurant could probably reduce their wait staff by half, and tips would probably drop to zero. Clearly this chain of restaurants is prepared. Have the supporters of this proposal considered this reaction as one of the possible outcomes?

— David White, Fort Worth

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