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Putting People over Politics on the Minimum Wage

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Old 04.18.17, 10:02 AM
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Putting People over Politics on the Minimum Wage

04.17.17 11:10 AM

One of the most politically popular policies for liberals over the last few years has been raising the minimum wage. This so-called “fight for fifteen” has garnered the support of many left-wing politicians and their political allies such as big labor unions. As a result, numerous cities have passed minimum wage increases, such as Seattle, Oakland, and Washington, D.C. But as these policies are beginning to take effect, some liberal leaders have noted the negative impacts and reconsidered their positions. After seeing jobs and businesses leave cities, Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh reversed course and vetoed an increased minimum wage measure. Her reasoning? An increased minimum wage would not only have adverse consequences on workers, but also the small businesses that are the lifeblood of cities. Local business owners told Mayor Pugh that they would be forced to move business to nearby Baltimore County if the minimum wage law was enacted. Afterwards, Mayor Pugh said, “I want people to earn better wages, but I also want my city to survive.” It’s not only Mayor Pugh who is rejecting these policies. Other mayors and legislators around the country are also having second thoughts. Last week, Kansas City Mayor Sly James came out […]

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