Why not $25 an hour or $100 an hour?
For those who wish to focus attention on the progressive "tool" of minimum wage legislation, the writings of Dr. Hans Sennholz may be helpful. Sennholz died in 2007, but his credentials as an economic scholar, professor, writer, and educator qualify him as an authority on this subject and many more related topics. Review his record, and a short article here.
A much more comprehensive history of the subject, however, which includes Dr. Sennholz's research and conclusions on minimum wage considerations is available in his 1983 article here.
The article is entitled: "Minimum Wage: How political attempts to boost wages tend to harm those most apt to be unemployed." by Hans F. Sennholz - In The Freeman/Ideas on Liberty, May 1983, pp. 270-281
His concluding paragraph::
"But the most vociferous support of minimum wage legislation comes from the professional spokesmen of the poor. Some may actually welcome unemployment among minorities because it breeds other political and economic effects and, above all, creates a political power base for the minority champions. When jobs are scarce they are likely to be rationed and allocated according to government plans and programs. Rationing bestows benefits to political constituents and thus confers prestige and power to the program proponents.* O Some are also aware that unemployment tends to give rise to new demands for radical government intervention, for central control and planning, which may pave the way for an all-round political command system, called socialism. Mass unemployment, they are hoping, will lead voters to support their ultimate objective."
Remember, this was written in the Year 1983. Yet, the so-called "progressive" movement has succeeded in taking America hostage to its views, destroying our once-vibrant manufacturing industries, and along with it, the freedom and opportunity which youth and those most impacted by their self-serving vision have wrought upon this Republic.
If they want to raise minimum wage to 1968 inflation adjusted levels, they should reduce the size of the government to 1968 levels first
“Proponents of Senate Bill 1565 say a minimum-wage hike will put more money in workers pockets, thus enabling them to spend more money at Illinois businesses.”
These ignoramuses are actually allowed to vote??
Illinois - Doubling down on Fail
Sounds like that's above his pay grade.
Minimum wage laws hurt every working person because it drives prices up and raises the floor on wages essentially making what everyone is getting worth less than it was before.
The increased cost of living for the middle class is basically a redistribution of their income to less productive, less-skilled employees.
In a way this is good. The states are actually being “laboratories of democracy”. Some are cutting back, some are raising taxes, the minimum wage, and every other metric they can get their little politician paws on.
We’ll be able to see who does well and who does badly.
Illinois, PLEASE DO THIS!
Wisconsin and Indiana thank you for all the new jobs that will flee the state.
What they AREN’T telling you is Illinois is doing this for the TAX MONEY INCREASE, in hopes of covering the huge state budget deficit.
This is just another payoff to unions because the union wage rate on federal projects is tied to the minimum wage. It has nothing to do with helping the poor average Joe.
People are so ignorant of basic economics that they do not realize that prices and wages have a basis in reality. The government fairies can’t wave their magic wands and suspend the laws of economics any more than they can the law of gravity. In both cases, there’s going to be a hard fall.