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Letter: Living wage

Stewart Epstein re job creation

Published on January 10, 2018 12:01AM

My boyhood hero, Robert Kennedy, used to say that “Jobs are better than welfare.” As a liberal/progressive Democrat, I agree. But I would add that having a job that pays a good and living wage, that is well above the federal government’s “official poverty line” is the human right of every American who is willing to lead a responsible and productive life.

Therefore, I am proposing that following the November elections, our president and Congress reverse the 2017 tax cuts and instead spend $1 trillion on a new federal government jobs-creation bill and poverty-ending bill, that guarantees a job with dignity and respect to all Americans, that not only pays well above the official poverty line, but also pays well above the official “near-poverty line,” which is between 100 to 125 percent of the official poverty line.

It is the humane and just thing to do.

Stewart B. Epstein

Rochester, New York


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