Do you wonder why conversations about increasing the minimum wage seem to turn into poorly informed exchanges about the theory and practicality of minimum-wage standards? It happens because we forget that minimum-wage standards already exist and are accepted. Consequently, discussions are not facilitated to stay on point. Those not supportive of minimum-wage standards seek to redirect our conversation (like toddlers in our families) away from the point under discussion so that we get nowhere.
The Bureau of Labor and Statistics reveals that teenagers make up just 25 percent of minimum-wage earners. Check it for yourself. Do you fear the effect of $15 an hour on our economy? If Australia can have a roughly $15 USD minimum-wage policy, why can’t the world’s largest economy?
If the minimum wage remains unchanged, then the purchasing power of minimum-wage income earners goes down over time. Why would anyone support that?
During the mayoral campaign, CM Quinn said that, as mayor, he would propose legislation to increase the minimum wage. Perhaps Quinn is willing to do it as a council member. If not, how about our other council members or our mayor? If not, why not?