• Seattle Subway Owner: Minimum Wage Hikes Will Force Businesses to Close

    “There’s only so much we can charge for a sandwich.”

    That’s the reality facing many Seattle restaurant owners who are being forced by city government to raise their minimum wage pay.

    On April 1st, Seattle’s minimum wage rose to $11 an hour. Seattle’s minimum wage will jump again to $15 an hour on January 1, 2017.

    Some business owners like Subway franchise owner Matt Holleck say they are being treated unfairly.

    “What I’m totally against is the unfair disadvantage this law puts on me and my fellow franchises,” Holleck said. “And there will be business close. I don’t know if i’ll be one of them. And hopefully I won’t be. But it’s going to affect business.”

    The Seattle minimum wage hike forces a wage increase on national franchises, like Mr. Holleck’s Subway restaurant, regardless of the size of workforce.

    Jerome Hudson

    Managing Editor

    Jerome Hudson has written for numerous national outlets, including The Hill, National Review, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was recognized as one of Florida’s emerging stars, having been included in the list “25 Under 30: Florida’s Rising Young Political Class.” Hudson is a Savannah, Ga. native who currently resides in Florida.

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