The Democrats in the State Assembly need to get jobs -- in the real world, that is. This insanity to raise minimum wage to the highest rate in the nation -- $15 and hour by 2018 -- under the banner that it's a moral obligation to help struggling families is pure hogwash ["Fix NY's minimum wage," Editorial, March 15]. It's pandering by elected officials to buy votes.

If you want to help struggling families, start with our electric bills and property taxes, which are among the highest in the nation.

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Enabling individuals to stay in low-salary, entry-level jobs while making them falsely believe that they can earn enough to raise a family is morally corrupt. In fact, it relieves elected officials of the burden to do what they're elected to do, which is help businesses build the economy.

Tom D'Antonio, Northport