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PostSubject: The Minimum Wage   The Minimum Wage EmptySun Jul 21, 2019 9:24 am

Even some Democrats say a $15 minimum wage is too high
Yahoo Finance | RICK NEWMAN
Jul 19th 2019 4:38PM

The House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, just passed a bill that would more than double the federal minimum wage, from $7.25 per hour to $15.

The bill has almost no chance of passing the Republican-controlled Senate and becoming law. That’s probably fortunate.

While the “fight for $15” has become a liberal rallying cry, even some Democrats acknowledge a minimum wage that high would hurt some businesses and probably kill some jobs. “In certain parts of the country—especially in rural areas – $15 an hour is not realistic,” Democratic presidential candidate John Hickenlooper told Yahoo Finance recently. “You have to regionalize it.”

Economists agree. The Congressional Budget Office found recently that raising the minimum wage to $15 by 2025 would boost pay for at least 17 million workers. But it would also kill 1.3 million jobs. The logic is straightforward: If companies must pay more for workers, their profit margins will shrink and some will hire fewer people. After Seattle raised its minimum wage in 2015 and 2016, researchers found that some workers ended up better off and a smaller portion ended up worse off.

Hickenlooper’s floor for a suitable federal minimum wage is far below the level many of his fellow Democrats target. “In most places, they can get to $8, $9, probably $10,” the former Colorado governor says. “There are parts of Colorado where you would want to start out at $12. But right now, there are too many businesses at subsistence.”

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If Hickenlooper sounds sympathetic to business owners, that’s because he ran a string of brewpubs in Denver before winning election as mayor, then moving up to governor. He’s one of the most moderate of the twentysomething Democrats running for president, favoring a return to free trade, a limited expansion of government health care options and robust capitalism over creeping socialism.

Like some economists, Hickenlooper says a single national minimum wage level doesn’t make a lot of sense, given wide variations in living costs. “It can’t be a blanket,” he says. “Sometimes the federal government gets into this notion that one size is going to fit all. I don't think you want to put a huge burden on small businesses that are already having a pretty stiff challenge competing with these massive corporations.”

Rick Newman is the author of four books, including “Rebounders: How Winners Pivot from Setback to Success.”

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PostSubject: Re: The Minimum Wage   The Minimum Wage EmptySun Jul 21, 2019 3:22 pm

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Bernie Sanders campaign announces it will cut hours to pay staffers $15 minimum wage, prompting mockery
By Gregg Re | Fox News


Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders announced this weekend he will cut staffers' hours so that they can effectively be paid a $15-an-hour minimum wage, prompting mockery from critics who say the move is more evidence that Sanders' plan to raise the national minimum wage is hypocritical and would only lead to less work and more unemployment.

The Washington Post first reported last Thursday that Sanders' field staffers were upset that Sanders championed a $15 minimum wage on the campaign trail, and made headlines for railing against major corporations who pay "starvation wages" -- even as his own employees made "poverty wages."

In response, Sanders told The Des Moines Register he was "very proud" to lead the first major presidential campaign with unionized workers, but also "bothered" that news of the internal strife had spilled into the media.

The self-described socialist candidate said junior field organizers earn roughly $36,000 per year in salary, with employer-paid health care and sick leave. But he acknowledged that their salary can effectively dip below $15 per hour if staffers work much more than 40 hours per week, which is common on presidential campaigns.

The solution is to "limit the number of hours staffers work to 42 or 43 each week to ensure they’re making the equivalent of $15 an hour," he told the Register's Brianne Pfannenstiel.

"It does bother me that people are going outside of the process and going to the media," Sanders added. "That is really not acceptable. It is really not what labor negotiations are about, and it's improper."

He went on to say that the union contract "not only provides pay of at least $15 an hour, it also provides, I think, the best health care benefits that any employer can provide for our field organizers."

Reaction from commentators and lawmakers was unsparing.

"For the first time in his life, socialist Bernie Sanders practices economics and, buddy, the results are hilarious," wrote columnist and humorist Stephen Miller. He added: "Why won’t millionaire Bernie Sanders, who owns 3 homes, instead of cutting hours, pay his staff a living wage? People are starving."

Bernie Sanders' staff seek $15 minimum wage he has proposedVideo
Texas Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw lambasted the discord in the Sanders' campaign -- which has been struggling in post-debate polls -- as beyond parody.

"So does this fall under the category of hypocrisy, irony, or poetic justice?" Crenshaw asked. "All three? Can’t make this stuff up."

"This situation is an instructive example of the downside of more than doubling the minimum wage," wrote The Blaze's Aaron Colen. "Companies don't just suddenly get more money to pay employees. They have to make tough decisions; usually either cutting hours, or worse, cutting staff."

Added The Daily Wire's Ashe Shcow: "This is just *chef’s kiss*." Ben Shaprio wrote, "In which Bernie Sanders learns about economics."

The development comes days after the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) concluded that a proposed $15 federal minimum wage could result in 3.7 million people becoming unemployed -- far higher than House Democrats' estimates -- as employers struggle to make payroll and respond by slashing jobs and hours.

The CBO noted the "considerable uncertainty" in calculating the impact of the minimum wage from state to state, and indicated that up to 17 million Americans could see pay increases.

Republican leaders have said a minimum wage hike would be “devastating” for middle-class families, citing CBO research finding that the minimum wage hike would also reduce business income, raise consumer prices and reduce the nation’s output. Overall, the CBO said the move would reduce real family income by about $9 billion in 2025 -- or 0.1 percent.

Nevertheless, the Democrat-controlled House last week voted in favor of a bill to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 per hour, unchanged since 2009. The bill is unlikely to see much traction in the Republican-controlled Senate.

The episode underscored a key vulnerability that has dogged Sanders' campaign for months, and which intensified after Sanders released ten years of his tax returns earlier this year. The documents showed Sanders and his wife paid a 26 percent effective tax rate on $561,293 in income, and made more than $1 million in both 2016 and 2017.

Despite advocating for socialism on the world stage, Sanders donated only $10,600 to charity in 2016 and $36,300 in 2017, the records showed, followed by nearly $19,000 in 2018.

Meanwhile, according to a letter from campaign staffers to Sanders campaign manager Faiz Shakir, workers were being "expected to build the largest grassroots organizing program in American history while making poverty wages."

“Given our campaign’s commitment to fighting for a living wage of at least $15.00 an hour,” the letter continued, “we believe it is only fair that the campaign would carry through this commitment to its own field team.”

Sanders admitted in a combative Fox News town hall in April that "you're going to pay more in taxes" if he becomes president.

Videos at https://www.foxnews.com/politics/bernie-sanders-campaign-announces-it-will-cut-hours-to-pay-staffers-15-minimum-wage-prompting-mockery
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PostSubject: Re: The Minimum Wage   The Minimum Wage EmptyTue Jul 23, 2019 3:47 pm

Fuck that shit, if a burger flipper deserves 15 bucks an hour then I deserve 50.
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