To the Editor:

In 1996, Republicans and the Chamber of Commerce screamed a minimum wage increase would "kill jobs". In the next four years, the U.S. economy created more jobs than were ever created in any four-year period.

With higher wages, employers often get more reliable workers who remain longer, saving the cost of retraining. A higher wage can also help build employee morale, resulting in better performance. Improving worker morale and loyalty can give workers enough to buy more goods from their retail employers.

Businesses hire more workers only when they have more customers. So the real job creators are the consumers with enough money to buy. The real job killers are lousy jobs at lousy wages.

Julie Stewart Ziesman, Waukee