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Better wages needed

Few disagree that our community is in need of more work-force housing that is affordable for the average service-providing citizen. I have noticed, though, that little attention has been given to the fact that if the area’s employers were willing to pay a living wage and benefits to employees, they could afford the American dream of home ownership here. If there are people who can afford the expensive homes, they can perhaps afford to pay a bit more for services so there will be people to provide them. There are few employers, including the government agencies, that are providing wages and benefits that are commensurate with the rise in home prices or that can compete with neighboring counties.

I absolutely love living here, I love the people and the community, but something seems very unbalanced in our local economy. Where is the money? Why does it not make it to the police officers, teachers, hair dressers, building trade professionals, etc.?

Penny Crull



Grass Valley


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