It's a little too soon to draw any sweeping conclusions about Seattle's $15 minimum wage law.
Under the “$15 Now” banner, Socialist grassroots activists in Tacoma this spring gathered enough signatures to send a proposition to Tacoma voters this November that would create a $15 minimum wage for nearly all businesses in the city beginning Jan. 1, 2016.
Despite lofty intentions, the minimum wage debate remains a highly politicized issue. Research is routinely misquoted, ignored or conducted so as to achieve a pre-determined result. There is no better example than the argument made by minimum wage advocates that raising an arbitrary government minimum wage will stimulate the local economy.
Thanks to the internet, SEIU 775 President David Rolf is on the record admitting the $15 minimum wage law his union spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to pass in SeaTac, Wash., was meant to help unions organize new firms.
Washington has had plenty of time to experiment with high minimum wages and has little to show for it. Thankfully, it's not too late to learn from our mistakes.
Rather than serving as a model for the nation, Washington’s experience with the minimum wage should serve as a warning.
An analysis of I-688's effect on Washington's poverty rate, job growth and unemployment indicates the minimum wage initiative has failed to measurably deliver on its promises.
The Freedom Foundation's labor policy analyst debates whether to raise the minimum wage with Rep. Chris Reykdal (D-Tumwater).
Labor activists across the country are pressing local jurisdictions to dramatically raise the minimum wage. They argue that this is necessary to help workers escape poverty. Often, however, so-called living-wage laws are really devices to revive unions.
Last night, the Seattle City Council held a town hall meeting at Rainier Beach High School to allow concerned citizens and business owners to express their views on the Mayor's $15 minimum wage plan. Hundreds turned out to give express their views in two minutes or less. Unfortunately, as #141 on the speaker list, I did not get to speak before the end of the meeting at 9:30pm. The following is what I would have said to the City Council if given the chance.