Leaders in Seattle are poised to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, adding to the state’s already tops-in-the-nation wage rate of $9.32 per hour.
Yet, as community organizers and labor leaders beat the drum for the massive pay increase they say will lift impoverish Americans into sustainable lifestyles, they omit some important facts about the idea. Here are four problems with the Seattle wage proposal that could turn city residents and taxpayers off to the idea:
1. A minimum wage increase doesn’t create jobs and leads more people into poverty