• Seattle’s $15 Minimum Wage Now Causing Workers To Ask For Fewer Hours, And Here’s Why

    About a year ago Seattle passed its own minimum wage hike, which immediately began to wreak havoc on a number of local restaurant owners who were forced by city government to raise their minimum wage pay.

    To quickly recap, April 1st saw Seattle’s minimum wage rise to $11 an hour. For some businesses, minimum wage will jump again to $15 an hour on January 1, 2017.

    In January, Subway franchise owner Matt Holleck said the unfair wage increase will force “businesses to 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.”

    And things don’t appear to be getting any better over the past year.

    Here’s a picture, from Fox News, of how Seattle’s new minimum wage is negatively affecting local businesses struggling to keep their doors open:

    Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care, and rent.

    Full Life Care, a home nursing nonprofit, told KIRO-TV in Seattle that several workers want to work less.

    “If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty, all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people,” said Jason Rantz, host of the Jason Rantz show on 97.3 KIRO-FM.

    Despite a booming economy throughout western Washington, the state’s welfare caseload has dropped very little since the higher wage phase began in Seattle in April. In March 130,851 people were enrolled in the Basic Food program. In April, the caseload dropped to 130,376.

    At the same time, prices appear to be going up on just about everything.

    Some restaurants have tacked on a 15 percent surcharge to cover the higher wages. And some managers are no longer encouraging customers to tip, leading to a redistribution of income. Workers in the back of the kitchen, such as dishwashers and cooks, are getting paid more, but servers who rely on tips are seeing a pay cut.

    Some long-time Seattle restaurants have closed altogether, though none of the owners publicly blamed the minimum wage law.

    “It’s what happens when the government imposes a restriction on the labor market that normally wouldn’t be there, and marginal businesses get hit the hardest, and usually those are small, neighborhood businesses,” said Paul Guppy, of the Washington Policy Center.

    Not to be outdone by Seattle’s stupid lawmakers, San Francisco has passed a minimum wage hike and New York state is looking to do the same.

    And that, ladies and gentlemen, is a classic example of the folly of progressivism: ignore the evidence of a failed government policy and cling tight to the belief that you’ll implement that same policy in a way that’s smarter and more efficient than the idiots who have come and failed before you.

    What these liberal do-gooders are to blinded by hubris to realize is that the practices of running a profitable enterprise are universal: sell a product or service that people are willing to give you money for, keep costs low and profits high. That’s the way a lucrative business flourishes from Seattle to Istanbul.

    But all these pro-minimum wage politicians care about is the tingly feeling they get when they gaze upon their progressive dreams realized, even if they’re built atop a mountain of nightmares and misery.

    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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