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Minimum wage boost might be bad for business

To the editor: Few people supporting a minimum wage increase to more than $15 an hour by 2019 — far more than the $13.25 by 2017 that L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti has proposed — talk about where the money to pay for it will come from. ("Six L.A. council members seek to boost minimum wage to $15.25 an hour," Oct. 7)

For a small-business owner like myself, employing 70 people, this increase represents a $20,000-a-month increase in payroll. The only way to cover this amount would be to increase prices substantially, as I believe everyone in a situation similar to mine would have to do.

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At the end of the day, more people would suffer with this increase, as job losses and higher prices would surely be the result.

No one can absorb a minimum wage increase of this amount. It would put me out of business.

Anne Patterson, Sherman Oaks

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