Ludwig Gaines, a member of the Hobart Class of 1988, had an editorial in the Feb. 5 Washington Post titled “Living Wage Laws Benefit the Entire Community”.
“Alexandria's living wage law is in jeopardy,” said Gaines in the article. “Two bills have been introduced in the Virginia General Assembly that, if passed, will nullify our living wage ordinance and prohibit other jurisdictions in the commonwealth from enacting similar measures without prior approval from the General Assembly. Basic labor wage theory supports the proposition that, on the lower end of the wage scale, the higher the wage the more applicants and higher skills of those in the applicant pool, and the less worker turnover. Moreover, living wage earners work more efficiently and safely because they are not working punishing schedules just to make ends meet.”