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Seattle to enact $15 minimum wage
Washington Post ^ | June 2, 2014 | Reid Wilson

Posted on 06/02/2014 5:18:57 PM PDT by Second Amendment First

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, equaling the highest minimum wage in the nation.

The law will phase in the higher wages over a three- to seven-year window, depending on the size of a company. Corporations that employ more than 500 workers will have to pay $15 an hour by 2017 if their employees don’t receive company-paid health care. Smaller businesses can wait until 2019 to reach the higher rate. All workers will receive the highest wage by 2021.

“The people who work for a living have basically seen no increase in their incomes since the 1970s,” Mayor Ed Murray said in an interview. “With the federal government fairly stuck, and as we see states more and more adopting that same dysfunction, cities are the place to lead right now.”

Murray spent his first four months in office hammering out an agreement to raise the wage through a task force that included labor, business and nonprofit representatives. Labor groups had threatened to put a wage hike on the ballot this year if the city didn’t increase the wage on its own.

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1 posted on 06/02/2014 5:18:57 PM PDT by Second Amendment First
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2021? lol, do they realize what janet yellen will have done to the value of the dollar by then?


2 posted on 06/02/2014 5:22:00 PM PDT by willywill
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To: Second Amendment First

And the jobs will magically disappear........


3 posted on 06/02/2014 5:22:15 PM PDT by headstamp 2 (What would Scooby do?)
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To: Second Amendment First

Strike Seattle off of my wish list of places to visit. F’em!


4 posted on 06/02/2014 5:23:31 PM PDT by caver (Obama: Home of the Whopper)
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To: Second Amendment First

Good. We can’t have all those people who can’t produce at least $15 worth of goods every hour in our sophisticated city.

Some of them are black, ya’ know?

/sarcasm


5 posted on 06/02/2014 5:23:32 PM PDT by wolfpat (Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. -- Cicero)
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To: headstamp 2

I am in favor of raising it to $5000 an hour; that way, the average worker would only have to come to work for 20 hours a year to make $ 100,000, lots of additional folks would be hired for the remaining 2000 hours a year and everyone would be well off.


6 posted on 06/02/2014 5:25:05 PM PDT by laconic
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To: Second Amendment First

An example of why government can not run anything, as if the VA was not enough.

So raise every minimum worker to $15.

The worker now making $15 will insist on a a raise, maybe to $20.

The supervisor making $20 will have to be raised to $25 or $30....and so it goes.

All because of some kid just out of school who has absolutely no experience and who should probably pay to get the experience.


7 posted on 06/02/2014 5:25:08 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Second Amendment First

Using Karl Marx’s ideas to help the middle class is like using Adolph Hitler’s ideas to help the Jews.


8 posted on 06/02/2014 5:25:08 PM PDT by Tzimisce
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To: Second Amendment First
“The people who work for a living have basically seen no increase in their incomes since the 1970s, homosexual Mayor Ed Murray said in an interview.

That's funny, since the Washington state minimum wage has increased to $10-something from $2 or whatever.

9 posted on 06/02/2014 5:26:50 PM PDT by steve86 ( Acerbic by nature, not nurture)
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To: Second Amendment First

Keep at it Washington State, you’ll make California look like pikers soon.


10 posted on 06/02/2014 5:27:04 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (If you lined up the best and brightest of this administration, you'd just have a string of dim bulbs)
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To: Second Amendment First

Stingy bastards. I would have made the minimum wage $100/hr.


11 posted on 06/02/2014 5:28:09 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: old curmudgeon

Union wages are tied to the minimum wage (2x, 3x, etc.), so what you describe will automatically happen.


12 posted on 06/02/2014 5:29:25 PM PDT by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Second Amendment First

Teenagers and young adults in their 20s, especially blacks and other minorities, aren’t going to be able to find jobs. No one makes “minimum wage” forever. It is an entry level wage to test people out. By definition it can’t be a “living wage.” That’s like walking into a company as a 22 year old out of college and demanding $80,000 per year. If the company is required to pay it, the company won’t hire. Sure, it will pay an experienced person the “minimum wage” but it won’t take a chance on an unemployed teenager or young adult. Then they get stuck in the mythical “cycle of poverty.”


13 posted on 06/02/2014 5:30:35 PM PDT by Opinionated Blowhard ("When the people find they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the republic.")
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To: Second Amendment First

How are businesses with locations in cities near by SEA responding? Closing their SEA location(s)


14 posted on 06/02/2014 5:30:59 PM PDT by llevrok (Straight. Since 1950.)
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To: Second Amendment First

And how many businesses wil go belly up as a result?


15 posted on 06/02/2014 5:31:07 PM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: 21twelve

Yes, and Seattle will become Detroit West


16 posted on 06/02/2014 5:31:26 PM PDT by old curmudgeon
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To: Second Amendment First

The law will phase in the higher wages over a three- to seven-year window, depending on the size of a company.


Why? If the increase grows the economy implement it immediately and don’t limit the size of a company either.

Seattle leftists should be enraged at this slow implementation:))


17 posted on 06/02/2014 5:31:54 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: headstamp 2

Every business in Seattle will be checking the actual boundaries of the city and will no doubt be looking to move at least 1 foot beyond that line.

Were there no MBA’s on the city council? They do know what inflation is, right?

Seattle’s new motto:

Detroit of the West


18 posted on 06/02/2014 5:34:31 PM PDT by Delta Dawn (Fluent in two languages: English and cursive.)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

[ Stingy bastards. I would have made the minimum wage $100/hr. ]

I have wondered if the way to fight socialism is to give the supporters of such exactly what they wants with an extra helping of warts....


19 posted on 06/02/2014 5:35:56 PM PDT by GraceG
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To: headstamp 2
And the jobs will magically disappear........

All of those fast food workers demanding $15.00 an hr will be replaced by kiosks.

So...just like unions, they cut their dicks off to spite their face.

20 posted on 06/02/2014 5:36:28 PM PDT by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: Second Amendment First

no more tipping folks....ain’t that grand?...


21 posted on 06/02/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT by cherry
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To: Second Amendment First

Why stop at a free “basic” income? That’s such a puny concept! Instead, let’s make everyone RICH by giving a trillion dollar coin to every adult in the U.S. Then we’d all be rich! And no one would ever have to work again! Since we’d ALL be RICH!

Myself? The first thing I would buy is a pony. And a jet airplane. Oh, and then I would buy the Mona Lisa. And the Broncos. Gosh, I just LOVE being RICH! And not having to work!

BTW, the trillion dollar coins could be made from a base metal like nickle, so they would be cheap to make, and a few extra ones could be minted for the government itself, so taxes could be completely eliminated and yet government could still perfectly function and be debt free to boot! It’s such an elegant solution I don’t know why it hasn’t been implemented yet!


22 posted on 06/02/2014 5:37:59 PM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: GraceG

It is in this case because as soon as they admit that an amount is too much you have them.


23 posted on 06/02/2014 5:40:41 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Haven't you lost enough freedoms? Support an end to the WOD now.)
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To: Second Amendment First

Once hyperinflation kicks in $15 an hour will be pennies.


24 posted on 06/02/2014 5:42:53 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: GraceG

As Mencken wrote, “Give the people what they want, and give it to them good and hard!”


25 posted on 06/02/2014 5:46:09 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: Second Amendment First

I guess they never heard the Term “Merit Based Pay”.

The more you contribute to the Company’s bottom line, the more the Company Compensates you.

I started my Working Career as a Midnight Shift Mail Clerk. I ended my Career with the same Company as a Regional Vice President. I worked my Butt off and worked my way up.

The idea that the Liberals think that a Midnight Shift Mail Clerk will always be a Midnight Shift Mail Clerk is an insult to hard working people everywhere.

If you choose to stay in a Job with no real responsibility, the Salary you receive would remain commiserate to your Contribution to the Company’s success. Artificially inflating Compensation will result in less Midnight Shift Mail Clerks, period.


26 posted on 06/02/2014 5:46:17 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (If Cancer were Contagious, they would call it Liberalism...)
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To: Blood of Tyrants

‘Stingy bastards. I would have made the minimum wage $100/hr.’

AND that is exactly how the Republicans should be handling this problem. They should force a bill through the House for a minimum wage of $75HR. Let Harry Reid NOT pass it. Any time the minimum wage is brought up: ‘We tried to raise the wage to $75HR. They hate all workers!” Sometimes you have to fought the absurd with the absurd.


27 posted on 06/02/2014 5:46:58 PM PDT by Jim from C-Town (The government is rarely benevolent, often malevolent and never benign!)
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To: Second Amendment First

A hotel at SEATAC (town surrounding airport) closed eight rooms so they didn’t have to pay the $15/hr. (hotels with more than a certain amount of room would have to pay). How many other businesses will find a way round that? Plus, people won’t be tipping at restaurants who had to raise prices - saying of course people would go there anymore. Socialists think that businesses are welfare organizations.


28 posted on 06/02/2014 5:47:58 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Second Amendment First
Maybe those minimum wage workers should talk to their counterparts in SeaTac
29 posted on 06/02/2014 5:52:56 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi or Atty General Holder, who brought more guns to Mexico?)
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To: Second Amendment First

Another Peoples Republic of Seattle marxist.

Hope businesses flee like deer before a forest fire.

There is plenty of room in Texas for them.


30 posted on 06/02/2014 5:53:43 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: SkyDancer

Should really benefit Bellevue, one of the richest cities in the US.


31 posted on 06/02/2014 5:53:44 PM PDT by JmyBryan
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And the most liberal. Poor folks still paying for the monorail that never happened.


32 posted on 06/02/2014 5:54:30 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Second Amendment First

News in November (and beyond in Seattle: Unemployment soars..).


33 posted on 06/02/2014 5:54:42 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: Second Amendment First

All that rain *and* $8 Big Macs? Scratch Seattle off my “places to see” list.


34 posted on 06/02/2014 5:54:51 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: SkyDancer

Of course it is when socialists use OTHER people’s money.


35 posted on 06/02/2014 5:56:00 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: JSDude1

Socialism works until it runs out of other people’s money.


36 posted on 06/02/2014 5:56:45 PM PDT by SkyDancer (If you don't read the newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read newspapers you are misinformed)
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To: Second Amendment First

Party on, Seattle! /snurk


37 posted on 06/02/2014 5:57:28 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: willywill

Watch for unemployment to increase and prices go up. I pity the poor fools who believe that this will be a great windfall for the unskilled minimum wage workers.


38 posted on 06/02/2014 5:57:46 PM PDT by The Great RJ
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To: catnipman

Of course you’ve never heard of Zimbabwe..


39 posted on 06/02/2014 5:58:43 PM PDT by JSDude1
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To: SkyDancer

Seattle is a great place. Loved it - too bad it’s so liberal. Most people there are well off. I don’t think too many people make the minimum wage anyway and by 2021, $15.00 could be the national minimum wage anyway. I think it will happen.


40 posted on 06/02/2014 6:00:39 PM PDT by Dave W
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To: Second Amendment First

Heck, make it $50.....everyone will be rich!/s


41 posted on 06/02/2014 6:03:16 PM PDT by Red in Blue PA (When Injustice becomes Law, Resistance Becomes Duty.-Thomas Jefferson)
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The mandatory increase to this wage level will generate greater competition for the given work tier; thus, resulting in more productive workers, leaner operations, and fewer heads on the payroll.


42 posted on 06/02/2014 6:06:09 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Second Amendment First

Detroit West. Only fools believe that all good comes from grubment.


43 posted on 06/02/2014 6:11:27 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Second Amendment First

Commie pigs spending other people’s money again.


44 posted on 06/02/2014 6:44:39 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: Gene Eric

And less employment overall.


45 posted on 06/02/2014 6:45:18 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: Second Amendment First

This is good news. If Republicans were smart, they’d make the case to abolish the minimum-wage at the federal level. There’s no need for a federal minimum wage. If Seattle or any other leftist armpit wants to commit economic suicide, I say go for it. Seattle is ironically making the case that local and state government works best.


46 posted on 06/02/2014 6:50:58 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist
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All workers will receive the highest wage by 2021.

By 2021, $15/hr will be chicken feed.

47 posted on 06/02/2014 6:52:45 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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2021? lol, do they realize what janet yellen will have done to the value of the dollar by then?

errr, 20-30% inflation, or more.
Seriously, buy silver and gold. The worst is yet to come.

48 posted on 06/02/2014 7:01:32 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This is good news. If Republicans were smart, they’d make the case to abolish the minimum-wage at the federal level. There’s no need for a federal minimum wage. If Seattle or any other leftist armpit wants to commit economic suicide, I say go for it. Seattle is ironically making the case that local and state government works best.

That!!!

49 posted on 06/02/2014 7:04:00 PM PDT by vox_freedom (America is being tested as never before in its history. May God help us.)
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To: Second Amendment First

SEATAC already did that, and FRom what I read today, it is not working out too well. I’ll see if I can find the article I read and post it.


50 posted on 06/02/2014 7:19:41 PM PDT by Taxman
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