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I am proposing that the salaries of IT workers be doubled and tripled.
Do you think they'd elect me in Redmond?
Maybe they can just stop recording you here.
Filtered Packets for the People!
And a hearty cheer for Seattle's most excellent Reverend Lang.
McConnell in some trouble, Kentuckyians strongly support minimum wage increase
by David Atkins
Don't look now, but per Public Policy Polling's latest poll Mitch McConnell is in a dead heat with Democratic challenger Alison Grimes. In Kentucky.
It's also interesting to note that while the polling sample voted for Romney over Obama by 16 points, they support raising the minimum wage to $10/hour by a whopping 21 points. Like much of the rest of progressive populism, the minimum wage is a killer argument that Democrats should be using from now through November. Watching Stuart Varney go into conniption fits for an entire year would be delicious, and great campaign fodder.
"$15 an hour minimum wage"
And whenever they ask a stupid question.
Now, with that big disclaimer out of the way, I can only applaud Sawant for making the $15/hour minimum wage her cause celebre. It's easy to make the case that the collective economic benefits of a higher in-city minimum wage outweigh the risks/downsides--that this proposal should make the Seattle economy stronger, not weaker.
Maybe I'm wrong. I don't know what the economics literature has to say about the potential effects; I'm guessing the research would indicate it's a win-win. I'm reminded of how the taxpayers have to subsidize the incomes of Walmart employees, and thus indirectly subsidize Walmart and its business model. (OK, there are no Walmarts within our city limits, thank goodness, but you get the idea.)
P.S. Anyone happen to know what, if any, corresponding increase there is for tipped workers?
@6 - yes, DC did pass a minimum wage proposal. It gets to $11.50 by 2016, then increases based on the CPI, like our Stat's minimum wage does. DC's minimum wage for tipped workers is $2.77. Seattle's could not be lower than the State minimum of $9.32. Every restaurant in Seattle would trade such a lower tip credit for a higher minimum for the rest of workers.
Good on her, I hope this gets passed.
$15/hr will be fine for the exurbs. Hourly workers will flock to Seattle, take the pay and ride home on cheap LINK trains.
A couple with 2 minimum wages can rent you a spacious 3 bedroom in any place normal in Puget Sound (aka not Seattle).
And while servers can be paid $20 per hour in Australia, in Seattle, at a full serve restaurant, they seen to average $20 - $30 (good ones even more) in tips PLUS the $9.32 minimum wage, and make as much as $65 an hour in tips at high end restaurants like the Space Needle.
So good on the plan to get rid of tips, it will dramatically LOWER what servers make in Seattle. Someone should ask the servers what they want.
As it is stands now, Sawant is showing early signs of "my way or the highway," the same strain of hubris that was the root of McGinn's failing in office.
On the upside, the same guy said that he was going to leave Seattle soon.