Construction work should pay a living wage
Regarding “Tomlinson: Construction Companies Cheating in Texas Putting $1.9 Billion Burden on Taxpayers” (January 12): Thank you, Mr. Tomlinson, for pointing out another issue that proves that not “doing the right thing” is not only immoral, but quite often bad for business. No one in this country should fall below the poverty line by working 40 hours a week. Every person on the shockingly low minimum wage of $7.25 (which hasn’t increased in over 12 years!) has an inflation-adjusted minimum wage that’s lower than it was 50 years ago. And I shudder to think that seasonal workers and waiters are supposed to make ends meet with a lot less. Why should state and federal governments subsidize highly profitable businesses by giving tax-funded aid to these exploited workers?