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An Amendment To Set A State Minimum Wage?

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  1. WA has had this dumb MW idea in place for a decade or so. And now has about the highest MW anywhere, and all the teen and young adult unemployment you’d expect from stupid ideas put into law…

    IMHO, this kind of nonsense will continue until the GOP offer a reasonable and dynamic marketplace option. For example, set the MW up or down from a baseline according to the unemployment in each district. If unemployment in Anytown goes up .1%, the MW goes down ten cents (or something like that), and if unemployment goes down .1%, the MW goes up ten cents (or something like that)…

    Areas with high unemployment and low MW will make it easier for businesses to kick start their economy, instead of being hampered by this one size fits all mentality/nonsense.

    Areas with high MW and low unemployment will do just fine. And if the economy goes south, they too will have a MW adjustment to boot strap themselves back to prosperity.

    Such a system would create a dynamic self adjusting marketbased MW that would allow folks to move on to other issues, with some education of how marketplace economics is supposed to work.

    • Seipherd,
      We both agree that Minimum Wage laws have negative consequences on an economy, but instead of looking for politicians to come in with another BIG GOV’T fix, why don’t we start with the premise that Government should stay the hell out of it, altogether? As I said below:

      “Government has no right to interfere in that relationship – particularly when they are not the ones who are “footing the bill”!

      If there were no Minimum Wage laws at all, then, less-skilled workers, teens etc., could come in, at ground-level, and work their way up – while companies would have to “compete for the best talent” by offering the best salaries.

  2. Instead of blaming the minimum wage you should be blaming the unions. It is the unions that are the direct cause of the current high cost of living. If the public did not have to pay for their Cadillac medical plans and their guaranteed retirement on outrageous wages the cost of living would go way down. So don’t blame the government and don’t blame the public, rather place all of the blame where it rests, squarely on the shoulders of the unions. The unions should be stripped of all of their power except to bargain for a reasonable living wage as compared to the public and should not under any circumstances be guaranteed any retirement or medical other than what they plan for themselves like the rest of the public has to.

    • Cliff, I don’t disagree with the union aspect, and the tremendous cost that they put onto businesses, and business owners, but, in all due respect, in sounds like you need to learn a little more about inflation, and how inflation is caused.

      Unions have absolutely nothing to do with [inflation] the systematic devaluation of our currency! It is wholly caused by Government, and the fact that our paper currency is backed only by thin air.

    • Why stop at only blaming the unions? The government is doing the exact same thing when they increase a minimum wage. Costs for all go up when a business is mandated to increase costs.

      • THAT is exactly right Thomas. The minimum wage, as I stated in the post, is tantamount to a tax hike. And, whenever the cost of doing business increases, by extension, so too will the [cost of living] goods and services that are sold by the respective businesses.

        A wage increase should be, solely, between an employer and an employee. Government has no right to interfere in that relationship – particularly when they are not the ones who are “footing the bill”!

    • Incidentally, everything that I have read on the Minimum Wage, points to the Unions as being the force behind the first Minimum Wage laws. This should not be a shock, as those who are union-trained, due to minimum wage laws, would be guaranteed a constant pay raise, while, at the same time, freezing out those who would, otherwise, be willing to work for less, and learn on the job.

      Minimum wage laws can be directly blamed, imho, for the decline of the apprenticeship positions with companies. If you don’t come equipped with the skills, few companies, likely, would be willing to train a person from scratch, at the rate being “mandated by the State.”