Should Minnesota raise minimum wage? No.

  • Article by: CRAIG WESTOVER
  • Updated: February 23, 2013 - 6:21 PM

No: Supporters’ hearts are in the right place, but the ripple effects of such an adjustment would cancel out its advantages.

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pumiceFeb. 23, 13 5:30 PM

From the article: "[D]etermining wages according to a personal concept of 'justice' rather than through market forces always ... puts ... downward pressure on wages." So then. Market forces have put downward pressure on wages, keeping the minimum wage at the same level has put downward pressure on wages, and raising the minimum wage would put downward pressure on wages. In other words, Republican activist Craig Westover, workers have been exploited, are being exploited and will be exploited. But that's OK according to your personal concept of economic justice as long as market forces continue to put upward pressure on profits and income inequality.

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pumiceFeb. 23, 13 5:41 PM

From the article: "If raising the price of a product or service in response to an increase in minimum wage drives the price higher than some people are willing to pay, they will buy less of the product or stop buying the product altogether and switch to substitutes." So then. How does stagnating or falling income affect demand for goods and services?

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avejoecomFeb. 23, 13 6:17 PM

We need to LOWER the minimum wage until it matches the wages in India and China. We can't compete on a global basis and make the top 1% even richer if we have to keep paying workers such ridiculous wages.

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pitboss1971Feb. 23, 13 7:23 PM

Why not make the minimum wage say $20 or $100 an hour? I mean who can really live on even $9.50 an hour? No one and that is the big lie living wage advocates would like us to believe that there are thousands and thousands if not millions and millions of people try to “live” on minimum wage. Also, most union contracts are tied to the minimum wage so if it goes up, then so does the union workers wage and along with that our taxes. Simply put, if you pay a burger flipper at Burger King $9.50 an hour, what do you think that will do to the price of a burger? After a while all prices will rise and then that minimum wage worker is right back where they started all because government thought it knew what was best for the market. It is better to get an education and then work hard so you don’t have to work for minimum wage than it is to have the government force someone to pay you more. I know that is becoming a foreign concept in the days of Obama but it still works.

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ti1310Feb. 23, 13 7:32 PM

----From the article: "If raising the price of a product or service in response to an increase in minimum wage drives the price higher than some people are willing to pay, they will buy less of the product or stop buying the product altogether and switch to substitutes." So then. How does stagnating or falling income affect demand for goods and services?--- If the cost of the good or service holds or rises less then income then there will be no change or a small change upward in demand.... Raising the minimum wage skews the market dampening supply and not increasing demand..

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rldd36Feb. 23, 13 8:09 PM

Go ahead and raise minimum wage a couple bucks. Feel good. But DON'T YOU DARE get upset when the unemployment rate of young and low wage workers goes up several points. Because it will.

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blacklake1Feb. 23, 13 9:01 PM

We employ 70 to 80 people and find we have to start people at about $10 now.

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endothermFeb. 23, 13 9:32 PM

Every time the minimum wage is increased, the same crowd turns out and shouts that it will cost jobs and destroy the economy. Somehow, this never seems to happen. The fact is that wages are completely out of balance with profits in most industries. Profits have gone way up over the past few decades, but wages have stayed flat. A few people at the top have gotten extremely rich, while the workers that helped them get there have been left out in the cold. Will raising the minimum wage fix this? No. But it would be a step in the right direction.

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ivaro3Feb. 23, 13 9:44 PM

Eaton confuses moral values with economic principles? The writer mistakenly thinks it has to be one or the other. And what is the economic effects of those who have to tax the system to get food stamps or government medical help to live? If our economic system has to preclude people making a decent living wage or tax the system because they can't afford the basics, then something is wrong with the system, not the other way around. Excusing economics from ethics is just plain wrong, and it always will be.

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mamajammaFeb. 23, 1311:20 PM

As Napoleon said: Never Interrupt Your Enemy when he is making a Mistake. 75% of Minnesotans want to see the wage go up. Keep talking, Remember the Emmer.

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