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Lawmakers’ positions

U.S. Rep. Fred Keller has a meeting where he “huddled with local business leaders” and decided that the Right to Organize Act hurts business. Wasn’t this country founded on the ideal of “government for the people by the people?” Not government for business by businessmen? How can he justify this stance when wages for the bottom half of income earners grew by just 1 percent in the years between 1980 and 2014? God forbid if some companies in this area unionize and force the ownership to pay them a fair wage.

Not to be outdone is State Rep. Jeff Wheeland who was quoted this week as saying: “I am neither for nor against it” when commenting on raising the minimum wage. If the minimum wage would have kept pace with inflation since 1968, it would be $22 an hour today, not $7.25 an hour. I have just one question for Rep. Wheeland: Can you maintain your current standard of living on $7.25 an hour? Hopefully this is a question you can answer.

Anthony Pioli

Montoursville

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