Wage bill has ramifications

Mayor Kenney and Philadelphia's City Council seem to believe they live in some alternate reality in which they decide what's best for business without ramification, even as they would all profess to want to see more jobs in the city ("Kenney is set to ban questions on salary," Friday).

While the desire to achieve greater wage equality is a worthy goal, demanding that companies stop asking questions about salary history ties the hands of employers who are trying to run effective businesses. Not being able to ask about past pay will waste countless hours for applicants and hiring managers, who will often go through rounds of interviews only to find out at the end of their process that a job doesn't pay enough. In business, wasted hours cause true harm and divert those managers from more productive hiring activities.

This comes on top of the fact that businesses pay more in taxes to stay in the city, while their employees who drive cars also pay for parking, and everyone pays the wage tax. The Philadelphia area benefits when the city is a good place to do business. While there are pros and cons to having a business in the city versus the suburbs, this action provides another great reason for employers to come out to the Main Line. We will be there to welcome them, with heads shaking at well-meaning and self-harming city rules.

||Bernard Dagenais, president and CEO, Main Line Chamber of Commerce, Wayne, bdagenais@mlcc.org