Opposition to raising minimum wage fails scrutiny

  • Article by: Kris Jacobs
  • Updated: March 20, 2013 - 9:03 PM

The majority of small Minnesota businesses have no employees besides the owners, so the increase wouldn't apply.

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eibud22423Mar. 20, 13 8:55 PM

Kris Jacobs is spot on. The Hospitality Industry arguments are consistent - consistently bad. I was there before the Minimum wage law was passed. Minnesota covered by wage orders, only women - not men. The 1973 law was a progressive step forward. I was there. Today's negative commentary is not reality based. Tell me there is a shortage of restaurants and fast food outlets. A practical suggestion should be,if you can't pay a reasonable wage, maybe you shouldn't be in business.

nicholas468Mar. 20, 13 9:31 PM

Employers want the right to tell their employees that they aren't societies owners but their workers. And so they beg to pay low wages so they can afford more of the lifestyle they want while subcontracting the work they hired them for. I work for a shop like this. They assume that their failures are their workers fault so they pay accordingly (meaning they don't give raises, even if the require an employee to wear more than one hat). Low wage workers aren't even the only victims, with expectations rising for the skilled labor in lieu of hiring more people to do the work, thus stressing out the entire system. The whole thing is sad, really.

mn2niceMar. 20, 13 9:48 PM

Good fact-based article. But I asm sure some business owner somewhere in the state will have a bone to pick with it. My answer is simple - just try living on $8.81 an hour. Go ahead, try. For a full time position that is $1409.96 gross. Even at the lowest tax rate of 15%, the net is $1198.52 a month.

my4centsMar. 20, 1310:15 PM

mn2nice - Nobody denies that providing for yourself while earning the minimum wage would be difficult. That is why anybody who wishes to support themselves should learn some skills - whether they be physical or mental skills. In the meantime, while you are in school or learning on the job, a minimum wage is likely what your performance is worth. Anybody expecting to provide for their family while working an entry-level position at McDonald's needs either an education or career counseling - not a forced raise instituted by government.

martytoilMar. 20, 1310:40 PM

What would a higher minimum wage mean for business owners? More money in the hands of the people to spend on products and services. Thus driving more business so the owners could make more.

chuckdancerMar. 20, 1311:19 PM

So the guy tells the worker to get an education. But if the worker gets an education the guy just gets another worker and pays that worker a nonliving wage. That makes the bottom line that there are always going to be workers doing the work that needs to be done and they will always need to afford to live like a human being. The guy telling his worker to get an education profits from the labor of his worker and forces the rest of us to pitch in so the worker can survive to work another day.

minn12Mar. 20, 1311:42 PM

As with all things liberal, doing this will have severe unintended consequences. An entry-level, minimum wage job is NOT INTENDED to be able to support a family, a mortgage, and car payments. It is meant as a starting place for people to get their first job, learn some basic skills, and then be able to move on to more challenging, higher-pay jobs. These jobs are usually part-time anyway, with no benefits. If employers are going to be forced to pay much higher wages, they are going to demand higher skill, education, and experience levels to be hired. That will shut out an entire unskilled workforce, and those looking for their first (or second part-time) job and leave them with NO hope of finding a job, period. That, along with employers cutting hours and benefits if wages are raised, will be the unintended consequences of such a move. Let the free market determine the prevailing wages. When the economy improves, employers will need to pay more in many situations anyway to keep good staff.

chuckdancerMar. 21, 13 7:10 AM

Yeah, that's right the boys hire minimum wage workers to benefit society by acting as a training facility for the "uneducated" who otherwise would be left to wither and die. It really is the ultimate public/private partnership with the boys partially funding this philanthropic endeavor with society gratefully picking up the rest of the tab. These positions are open only to the "uneducated" and of course only the most menial, unproductive tasks that could easily be left undone forever are assigned to these lucky people.

hitch22Mar. 21, 13 8:00 AM

Raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment, that is an economic fact. You can't make something artificially more expensive and not expect some reduction consumption. Higher minimum wages are anti-youth and, frankly racist policies. The young and the disenfranchised are the ones who are victimized by a higher minimum wage.

mn2niceMar. 21, 13 8:04 AM

my4cents, you are missing the point. Even those with an education can be in jobs which pay near minimum wage or the minimum itself. If an individual with two years of college wants to get into a management position at Walmart they will be hired into an entry-level position which is part-time at approximately $8-9 an hour. Then they will work at that position, possibly on a permanent basis until an opening occurs for a position with more hours or a department manager position opens. But there is no guarantee of promotion. So there they will sit earning $8 to $9 an hour in a dead-end, part-time job that does not pay enough for that person to live on (pay rent and other bills, buy food and health care, insurance for a car and so on). Just because someone has an education does not guarantee them a good job that pays well.


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