Posted by Tina
Some time ago we warned that raising the minimum wage would hurt small business and workers. Raising the minimum wage dramatically, as Seattle has done, resulted in some businesses moving their operations out of Seattle. Some of those that stayed found themselves cutting worker hours and/or raising prices to survive. Last week something else has happened that, I admit, caused me to smile:
The wage, to be phased in over several years, is needed, say proponents, because so many workers who have full-time jobs are on public assistance.
Many companies raised their employees’ wages beyond the $11 an hour mandated by the law, which has led to some curious results. Employees are begging their bosses to cut their hours so they can keep their food stamps, housing assistance, and other welfare benefits.
The sourced Fox News report goes on to reveal other consequences. Some restaurants have closed, others have place a 15% surcharge on meals.
We toldya! The unintended consequences of government interference in our lives. Freedom, people, we all want to be free to make ou own choices, unencumbered!