Carson believes that the minimum wage probably needs to be 'adjusted', but advises caution in approaching the matter, and suggests implementing two distinct minimum wages.
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DEVANTE DORCY (audience member): “I had a question about the new minimum wage and business laws. As far as raising the minimum wage, how do you feel about that?”
BEN CARSON: “Ok, how do I feel about raising the minimum wage. Here's what I have said about that. It probably does need to be adjusted, however, there are a lot of factors on both sides. And it's something that we're going to have to get used to as a country, and that is not getting in our respective corners and castigating each other, but being able to sit down, put your reasons, your rationale for your beliefs, and then let other side put their rationales for their beliefs, and we can come up - if we do that – with a reasonable minimum wage that doesn't destroy the job market for other people. We may have to have two wages: one an entry-level wage, and one a sustainable wage. But let's have that conversation, let's make an agreement, and then let's index it to something so that we never have to have this conversation again.”