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.