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Washington, D.C. to lose THOUSANDS OF JOBS as $15 minimum wage goes into effect

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It’s very simple: raise the minimum wage, and employers have increased expenses. They will recoup their losses by lay off employees. Minimum wage hikes mean more unemployment.

Leftist policies ruined Detroit. They’re also ruining our nation’s other cities. Yet the people in those cities, entranced by the welfare gravy train, keep voting for the destroyers.

“DC Report: Thousands of City Jobs Will Be Lost as Minimum Wage Hike Goes Into Effect,” by Jack Heretik, Washington Free Beacon, March 24, 2017:

Washington, D.C. will lose thousands of jobs as the district’s plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 goes into effect, while the higher wages will primarily benefit workers in the surrounding suburbs, according to a new report by the city’s chief financial officer.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser spearheaded the effort for a $15 minimum wage, more than double the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. Analysis by the city’s Office of Revenue Analysis, however, says the plan could cost the district 2,500 jobs by 2026, the Washington Times reports.

The district’s minimum wage is currently $11.50 an hour and each year will grow by 70 cents until it reaches $15 in three years. After 2020, the minimum wage will grow based on inflation.

The report also states that suburbs in Maryland and Virginia will benefit from the wage hikes as more businesses move there.

Bowser’s spokesman, Kevin Harris, defended the mayor’s position.

“The mayor still believes that raising the minimum wage was the right thing to do and a key component of the administration’s efforts to create more inclusive prosperity for all residents,” Harris told the Times.

Harris also said criticism that jobs will move out of D.C.’s borders is not new.

“The answer isn’t to keep wages low, rather it’s to make sure we are doing more to provide residents with the skills and access they need to the job growth occurring in our city,” Harris said.

Many people in the suburbs commute into D.C. for work. Some fear that the wage hikes will case more of those commuters to try to gain higher-paid employment in D.C., competing with district residents. Additionally, some of the jobs may leave D.C. and move to where the commuters already live in the suburbs.

D.C. passed a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 for hourly employees in June. Critics immediately castigated the law at the time.

“Unfortunately, it’s employees and small businesses who will pay the tab,” Michael Saltsman, research director of the free market Employment Policies Institute, told the Washington Free Beacon at the time….

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  • Voytek Gagalka

    So you’ll be happy to “gain” your minimum wage? If you CAN GET IT, for one. And even if you’ll get it, someone else be fired because of your “gain” (feel sorry for it, egoistic bastard!)

  • overboosted ✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

    Minimum wage jobs were never meant to earn you a living. Trying to force low skill jobs to pay a “living wage” is misguided. All you are doing is rewarding mediocrity and any gain in buying power will soon be lost to inflation. After all, when you raise the bottom of the barrel, you have to raise the whole barrel.

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    • solange9

      Is that so? How uncompassionate of you and how unenlightened. Raising the minimum wage does raise the whole barrel by giving those at the “bottom” a chance to put more money into the system with their new buying power. If one wants to make cuts in the pyramid, one starts at the top and does not hack away at the foundation, something that should be strengthened, the opposite of what the global elite have been doing. And what an insult to those who work hard at “low skill jobs,” so that you can have your designer coffees, check your bags at the airport, get your groceries bagged, get your fast food lunches, have your yards done, etc. I don’t suppose you would like to do those jobs. Those who do them deserve respect. Everyone deserves not only to survive but to THRIVE. And it can be done. I suggest you watch the movie “Thrive.” Then, get back to us.

      • overboosted ✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

        Typical theme with you morons. When confronted with the truth, you say we are uncompassionate and unenlightened. Well, I guarantee you that withing 4 years, you will be begging for a 20/hr minimum wage and then a 25/hr minimum. Like I said, the bottom of the barrel is always the bottom of the barrel.

      • freebirds

        O.k. I’m self employed. I own three businesses. My lowest paid employee is 15 an hour. Double the min wage. So he feels he should always be above min wage. He really isn’t worth what I pay him. But he is loyal and shows up every day, and doesn’t do drugs. Now if min wage hikes up to 15 an hour I will have to give him a raise because he is far worth more than a newbie who don’t know his head from a hole in the ground. So how much do I raise him? He was $ 7.50 above min wage, so do I raise him $ 7.50? To be fair I should. He is worth more than min wage, but when min wage raises he will be in my eyes worth less than the price of 15 hr. So now what about my 18 hr guys?
        Should they only make 3 hr above min wage? Heck. They are making over double of what min wage is now, so do I keep the scale the same? Keep the percentage the same? Pay them 36 hr now? It’s only fair according to your logic. I can’t pay a 10 year employee $3 an hour above min wage who was just making double min wage. How is that fair? so now I’m forced to do 1 of 2 things. Lay guys off so I can make pay roll, or because of my 100% hike on wages double my prices to the consumers to cover the Fiat that has just dropped on me. So now a customer will be paying on an average of 30k for a septic field that they would normally pay 15-18 k for. I have to keep my profit margins at the same percentage to be productive. It will crush the economy and hurt the old people that are on a fixed income because I’m in business to make money, not loose. The chain reaction will kill business and hurt the seniors. I don’t want to see seniors suffer as a result of paying highschool children wages above what G.M. starts employees at. It’s dumb and if anyone knows how to add 2 + 2 they will see the reason to not raise min wage. Min wage is for start up jobs, and people to stupid to make it in the real world.

  • WarEagle82

    Reality never enters into their plans. Almost no one in America supports a family working at a minimum wage job. See https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/minimum-wage/2015/home.htm.

    But leftists want to create dependency and the more people unemployed the better for leftists. They want you to be a serf dependent on your “benevolent masters” for everything.

    • Speak the Truth

      What a lot of government-dependent people are too foolish to realize is that anytime anything is given (“free stuff”), it can just as easily be taken away. I guess I’ll never understand why anyone would willingly allow a government to exert so much control over their life.

  • AlgorithmicAnalyst

    That’s an economics 1a level problem, yet they don’t even understand that.

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  • Mahou Shoujo

    This is socialism, it has run out of other people’s money, now it uses social manipulation to steal.

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  • Drew the Infidel

    Catch the leftist phrase “inclusive prosperity” as though a job slinging hash in some greasy spoon cafe will make one prosper by osmosis. After all, a study has shown the four counties surrounding DC have the highest per capita income in the nation, a statistic inflated by unionized federal employees. You want a job that has an actual pay scale of $15 per hour at entry level? Come to the oilfield, the qualifications for employment do not go much beyond having a heartbeat.

  • Sunshine Kid

    Think about it: “In today’s dollars” is a common analysis of costs. What the real meaning is, is that the costs are skyrocketing BECAUSE of minimum wage manipulation, inflation (caused mostly by government policies) and the socialization of competition (what that really means is “elimination of competition”). When businesses are bailed out of financial woes, that does not help the consumer as much as it encourages more bad business practices, such as letting men use female changing rooms and restrooms without regard to the safety of their customers. That is why the liberals are sinking so low – they have neither common sense nor moral convictions over anything, and bad decisions are encouraged by supporting verbally and financially by the leftists.

  • turkeychoker

    i never understood why business` ever allowed some gang of pasty faced politicians to dictate what wage they must pay. then, the same gang of thugs, pats themselves on the back,votes themselves a raise,(to keep up w/inflation),& goes on a well deserved vacation. I don`t see a way out of this welfare state fiasco.Not enough people are hurt by it yet. One thing a politician is very good at, is recognizing a parade & jumping out front & saying loudly FOLLOW ME.

  • Annie Pickett

    Those left wing idiots know a high minimum wage causes more unemployment so it is just an ideological stunt. Why stop at $15, how about $20 or $30 or $50 per hour?

  • Annie Pickett

    If you want a 25% pay increase, change the working week from 40 to 50 hours.

  • solange9

    However, this has worked quite well in Australia, a country that sails through the economic slumps the rest of the world suffers. Minimum wage there is $15. This also holds true in other countries in which the minimum wage is the same.

    • freebirds

      Australia has a higher cost of living. Almost double of what it is here in America. So percentage wise it makes perfect sense.

  • Tatiana Covington

    Maybe Trump should issue an executive order about 15/hr. Knock it back to 11/hr.

  • Coffee49

    The quality of work determines the pay, there are 65% dummies in the workforce making 10% less than the 35% productive employees, when those 65% equal my pay I will lower my quality of work to match the delberts. When companies realize they are unable to find good workers goodbye company, I am due to play lotto and watch TV 24 7 after working 45 years any how,

  • jer1041

    Great, but what about the guy who is presently making $20 an hour that he earned his way up to. Do you think he is going to be satisfied when the new guy is making that wage and has done nothing yet? This will be a death spiral as anyone making more than the minimum wage will demand an “equal” increase. You minimum wage advocates are literally insane….go get some meds, go home and permanently go to sleep.

  • Arthur Ittus

    minimum wage jobs musta voted for these morons~

  • Igor

    These people are, by definition, insane. They keep expecting different results…

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