Letter: Raise corporate wages in town | AspenTimes.com

Letter: Raise corporate wages in town

The millionaires in the U.S. Senate decided not to raise the minimum wage last week.

Democracy is local, but Aspen used to be Texas and, before that, Mexico.

Why should the Aspen City Council raise the minimum wage in our “Moscow in the mountains,” capitol of limousine liberalism?

This from the feds: “Aspen Skiing Co. in Aspen has agreed to pay $108,796 in back wages and liquidated damages to 300 employees after an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor found violations of the minimum wage, overtime and record-keeping provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act.”

“Aspen Skiing Co. is one of the largest employers in this area. It employs thousands of workers and contracts with several local businesses to run this large-scale ski resort. Making sure this resort follows the law is good for its workers and for promoting responsible business practices,” said Cynthia Watson, regional administrator for the Wage and Hour Division in the Southwest.

Cynthia’s from Dallas. As a son of Dallas, I assure you Texans don’t take kindly to bullying from Chicago.

City Councilwoman Anne Mullins, you state you believe in a living wage. OK; then please propose a raise in the minimum wage here in Aspen on giant corporations. (Exclude small business.)

Skico’s 3,500 winter employees in a town of 7,000 will be grateful to have government work not simply for big money.

Lee Mulcahy