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So You Think a $15 a Hour Minimum Wage is a Good Thing? Meet the Replacements.

On November 5th 2013, the voters of the of Sea-Tac decided to raise the minimum wage to $15 /hour within the city limits.  It is no secret that the creators of this initiative, if successful, planned to expand it to the whole of the Seattle area and then spreadout across the State of Washington.  With no faith that Seattle leadership will give them the $15 minimum wage requirement they want; a non-profit by the name of  “$15in2014,”  has written an initiative for approval by the City Council of Seattle.  This initiative (if passed) would setup a complicated, minimum wage requirement based on tiers of company size, revenue, number of locations, type of business and that’s just the beginning.  It is even laced with an incentive that would reduce B&O taxes for businesses located in the City of Seattle.  Seems like a noble idea however, the consequences are real.  There is a real need to address business taxes in Washington, but this initiative will harm the ability of low skilled workers to gain employment.  Some people will inadvertently go from a $9.19/hour job, to a Zero/hour job because of their replacements.

Source: ohgizmo.com

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So if you were a business owner and your profit margins where thin, how would you protect your livelihood and investment?  The picture becomes clear.

2 comments

  1. This is great! No more tipping!

  2. This is exactly what happened to our low skilled entry level agriculutural jobs. They do not eXist. Labor laws to “protect” migrant and youth labor became so expensive and convoluted to comply with that farmers went to high tech equipment, bioengineered seeds and chemicals. When the state of Washington made their youth employment laws more restrictive, farmers mechanized their harvesting of berries,or switched to all adult crews or changed to different methods which involved only family members and no outsiders. Where possible, crop choices are made by those crops which require less employees, such as grain crops rather than vegatable crops,vineyards vs orchards. Farms have changed to either small wholly family operated or large coorprate farms. If we want to widen the gap between the haves and the have nots this is the way to do it.

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