June 27, 2017

Notley adopts Seattle's job-killing minimum wage hike

Sheila Gunn ReidRebel Host | The Gunn Show

A new study into the effects of the now 3-year-old minimum wage hike in Seattle, Washington shows that the social engineering experiment has been bad for liberal politicians but even worse for the people who matter: low wage earners and business owners.

The study done by the University of Washington showed that Seattle employers have had to cut their payrolls, delayed new hiring new employees, and reduced hours or laid off employees, altogether.

In fact, the average low-wage worker in Seattle lost $125 a month because of the hike in the minimum wage.

That’s $1500 per year just yanked out of the pocket of poor people because liberal politicians and sycophantic bureaucrats are bad at math.

But the “fight for 15” was never really designed to help the poor, was it? The fight was about using the government to distribute wealth through wage policy, creating upward pressure on union wages and making well-off white liberals feel like heroes to their pet poor people.

And back here in Alberta, NDP is raising the minimum wage to 15 dollars, also. Add this to the carbon tax and hike in corporate tax and Notley’s “fight for 15” will do more damage to the poor, minorities and women than Seattle’s ever will.

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commented 2017-06-29 03:01:18 -0400
What he hell is it with socialists that they can’t learn from their own mistakes or other socialists?? I’m starting to think its genetic rather than just plain stubborn stupidity…
commented 2017-06-28 09:25:45 -0400
The socialist NDP government is just following along a similar path as the 2015 election platform of the Communist Party of Canada which called for a $20 miminum wage:
Birds of a feather flock together.
commented 2017-06-28 08:44:23 -0400
Andrew said, ". For one thing, the minimum wage hike doesn’t kill jobs, merely rearranges them (this study acknowledges that effect). … "

That simply is not true.

So in your mind you think that if a restaurant owner has to drop employees that other jobs will be created to allow that now unemployed person to get that new job? A job for a job?

That is clearly an insane belief that is not bore out in the statistics. Jobs will be lost.

Andrew Stephenson are you working in a minimum wage job and that is why you are desperately defending this bad policy decision?
commented 2017-06-28 08:18:35 -0400
THANKS all union members and so called gov.workers. for giving us the NDP.
commented 2017-06-27 22:56:01 -0400
All socialist politicians should be required to take a course in basic economics. Unfortunately they probably wouldn’t pass it.
commented 2017-06-27 21:08:13 -0400
The problem with averages is they can be misleading (in the same way that Bill Gates walking into a bar increases the average wealth of the room, even though nothing actually changed for the other patrons). For one thing, the minimum wage hike doesn’t kill jobs, merely rearranges them (this study acknowledges that effect).

Second, the only people left behind by minimum wage hikes are those who aren’t worth paying more. In essence, right now there are a lot of hard working people stuck on minimum wage who are currently impoverished, and that dilutes out the lazy and the incompetent. With the minimum wage hike, they rise out of poverty, so the only poor people left are are those same lazy and incompetent.

The “poor” population is a lot smaller after a minimum wage hike, but its’ almost entirely comprised of the dregs of the workforce. Anybody remotely competent rises out of poverty with a higher minimum wage.
commented 2017-06-27 19:53:24 -0400
I have to admit that as soon as I saw the pseudonym “Bilbo Faggins”, I didn’t bother reading the comment.
commented 2017-06-27 19:20:07 -0400
The minimum wage changes all the time according to inflation, the cost of living and government wage policy. Either you believe in it as a policy of ensuring a basic minimum standard of income or you think that it should not exist at all and that the market and the market alone should determine the price of labour. Either way, the fact that it is going up isn’t important. I hope someone on here has the basic economic literacy to grasp this.
commented 2017-06-27 18:58:32 -0400
Thanks Derek.
commented 2017-06-27 18:55:12 -0400
Gary: I looked it up on line and her T-shirt reads in full
commented 2017-06-27 17:14:29 -0400
Too true, George. Good comment.
commented 2017-06-27 17:04:09 -0400
Simply increasing the minimum wage is not a solution to a problem.
The minimum wage is intended, and more suitable, for the likes of a high school kid bagging groceries for an hour or two after school, or retired seniors wishing to supplement their pension income whilst getting out and meeting people by greeting them at Wal-Mart, for example.
It shouldn’t be argued that it’s “not a living wage”. A living wage is earned by doing work that is high in value to society and worth the $11 or $15 (or more) per hour.
If these jobs are in short supply (and when they are it’s usually the fault of an interfering government), then any government that legislates, for example, a $15 per hour minimum wage is achieving nothing more than forcing businesses into issuing undeserved welfare cheques, and therefore any government in this country that supports and enacts such legislation should then resign in shame for the damage they have obviously caused to our industry and commerce.
One person’s wage increase is another person’s price increase.
Truly improving the standard of living for any one individual, group, community or nation is achieved only by increasing productivity. There is no other (legal) way.
commented 2017-06-27 17:03:22 -0400
Another side to the minimum wadge hike was the loss of services for the poor. fifteen dollars is considered above the poverty line. they loose subsidized housing and subsidized health care etc.
Social engineering people off the poverty line is what they attempted with predictable disastrous
results. Where I live the local CO-OP hires mentally disabled people, they have bagged my groceries for years and I like them. I suspect this practice will be discontinued once the wadge hits $15.
commented 2017-06-27 16:50:45 -0400
PS Sheila, I love your shirt but I’d like to know what it says after “I love Jesus but I cuss . . .?”
commented 2017-06-27 16:49:24 -0400
Lieberals and lefties are incapable of learning from theirs and/or anybody else’s mistakes. Unfortunately, it is always the poorest members of society who suffer the most.