Letter: Raising wages will hurt young

In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, New

In this Feb. 12, 2014 file photo, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio delivers the budget address at City Hall in New York. (Credit: AP / Craig Ruttle)

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Neither New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio nor the City Council has the authority to mandate changes in the minimum wage .

Also, as economist Thomas Sowell warned in 2008, minimum-wage laws "lead to chronically higher rates of unemployment in general and longer periods of unemployment . . . especially among younger, less experienced, less skilled . . . [and] minority workers."

Joseph N. Manago, Briarwood

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