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Businesses brace for 'serious cuts' as city enacts highest-in-nation $15 minimum wage

As talk builds on Capitol Hill over hiking the federal minimum wage, one city in Washington state is poised to set the highest rate in the nation.

On Jan. 1, an estimated 1,600 hotel and transportation workers in SeaTac, Wash., will see their pay jump to $15 an hour, a 60 percent increase from the state's $9.32 minimum wage.

While many workers look forward to the higher pay, employers are looking for ways to absorb the big increase in labor costs. Some plan on eliminating jobs.


The question is...Why stop at $15/hr, that just seems evil!!?? Instead every citizen should have the RIGHT to be a millionaire so we should have the minimum wage at $480/hr.

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Lets start this out by saying

Lets start this out by saying am anarchist. I think the state is horrible and uneeded.

That being said, if were going to play within the rules of this entirely corrupt system, why not raise minimum wage? Sure prices are going to spike but at least its temporary relief for the poor, and if they managed to raise min wage once who is to say they can't do it again?

I live an hour and twenty minutes from Seatac, WA

One interesting thing about this minimum wage raise is that it is basically for people working at the airport. The airport has a monopoly on services. Already at any airport you have to get rid of your liquids and that is why all the food and beverages past the security check point have jacked up prices. They have a captive audience.

If a city had a burger king with a Whopper meal that costs $12, many would go a few minutes further down the road and pay $8 for the same meal.

Everything costs too much in the city

End the merger of government with corporations. Problems solved.

If you read the article, it

If you read the article, it says the airport has been exempted by a judge! So it only applies to the local hotels and fast food joints outside the airport!

So, $15/hr. Is roughly

So, $15/hr. Is roughly $37,000/yr., before taxes and withholding for the worker. It won't be very long before a business will be able to purchase a general purpose robot to replace low-skill workers. The only way to get out of a low-paying job is to make yourself more valuable to the business, seek employment elsewhere or start your own business.

You are assuming that they

You are assuming that they will be employed full time. Most of those are part time jobs. Not disagreeing that they will be replaced by a machine though.

The quicker they do it the better

Lets just get this party started so we can get it over with.


This will have unintended consequences

I wonder how many of the people carrying those signs will be unemployed next year? Another question, how many of the people getting this pay raise will lose entitlement benefits and will also have a net financial loss because of the additional taxes? This may backfire and end up badly for the people they are trying to help.

Let it burn, baby, let it burn!

The ACA and the minimum wage are demonstrating what happens when bureaucrats interfere in the market, and there isn't anything that will be done by government to reverse the trend before this year's elections and maybe not after that.

While governments demonstrate their incompetence in controlling markets and the bad outcomes that happen, their activities are having an effect on our thing that was only dreamed of a few years ago. Barry's reelection was the best thing that has happened for the freedom movement since Rand wrote Atlas Shrugged. His administration may be the catalyst we needed to push the electorate over the edge into open rebellion at the polls against the nanny state.

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which now means...

Employers will just not open up businesses there anymore. Why go there when they can go to a rural place in Colorado and only pay 8? Or why even open up a business at all if you are going to end up losing money.

That's where I live!

And I know every business in my small town would perish if the minimum wage went up that much. It would be more of ghost town than it already is.

Only $480? ...you dirty capitalist pig....

Why not $10,000/hour?

Wait, no, I am going to really help the 'oi polloi: $10M/hour!!!

Yes, let the roses fall to my feet!

..gee whiz, why didn't anyone think of this before?


"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

Look out

Democrats are going to make this a big campaign issue in 2014


allegory - ˈalɪg(ə)ri/ - noun - 1. a story, poem, or picture which can be interpreted to reveal a hidden meaning, typically a moral or political one.

It's ingenious, really. Drive

It's ingenious, really. Drive the economy deeper into a ditch by forcing Obamacare onto America, then pander to those most affected by the economic ruin with promises of money for nothing!

I know where I'm hoping the next giant meteor hits Earth.

I'm in the pit of vipers

Seattle. This city recently elected its first openly socialist city council member who ran on the slogan"tax the rich!" What's ironic is that she's a professor of economics! Yet she promotes 15 dollar minimum wage, rent control, higher fuel tax, 1.5% annual vehicle ownership tax (own a $30k car? She wants you to give her $450 a year for the luxury of owning it on top of the annual $200 registration fees) millionaires to pay for all public transit, force Starbucks and Amazon to unionize, instant amnesty and financial support for all illegals and assumes like the rest of the collectivist idgits in this city that there won't be any repercussions! To her supporters I'd ask the same thing "why $15 an hour, why not 30 50 or 100 dollars?" I also told them to say goodbye to the handicapped greeters at home depot and the teenagers that would have gained useful work experience and cheap food for the WORKING poor. My wife and I are feverishly plotting our escape.

That "professor" isn't unique, Adam...

in fact, she is probably far-more NORMAL of college professors than we can stomach! This is why the latest batch of 20-somethings are the "entitlement generation". They've been brainwashed by these old hippies (that are now "professors") into believing that society owes them a car, a job, a house, etc. I know because in the next county over from me is a state university and I see these "teachers" frequently...and they all seem to be from the same mold: 60-65 years old, disheveled hair, poorly dressed, Birkenstocks and granola...and a Prius with 5 Obama stickers on it. These are the folks who are molding the minds of our next generation.

Silence isn't always golden....sometimes it's yellow.

"The liberties of a people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." - Patrick Henry

Was there 3 yrs. Just moved out....

... although only a couple hours north, but still better. Mostly got tired of the ridiculous rent rates + horrible traffic.

"If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy." -- James Madison

Rent control? :-O

Good lord.

In other words, she wants to turn Seattle into East Berlin c. 1945 (or 1950, 1960, 1970, 1980, 1989...looks the same).

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

warming up the popcorn

cant wait to see the results of this.

How about $58.00/hour

And a $5000 bonus like GM workers received for their vote?

buying a GM product

...is treasonous imo. Disgusting.


Not unlike buying products from the USSR.

Don't vote for communism with your dollars.

"Alas! I believe in the virtue of birds. And it only takes a feather for me to die laughing."

General Motors is becoming China Motors

GM's commitment to "work in China, with China, and for China remains strong and focused on the future."


When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir

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"Government Motors"


Google is government.

Hmm. Were you talking about the gov't that gives GM money?

That is, the United States government, funded by the American people?

Or were you referring to the government to whom GM pledges its allegiance? That is, the Chinese government? The Chinese government benefits indirectly (because GM is providing jobs for so many Chinese workers) and also directly (because major automotive plants are owned by the Chinese government).

I consider that video clip *must viewing*. I just wish all our Congressmen would be required to view it and defend their actions that created this nice American-taxpayer-funded redistribution of jobs & wealth.

When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe.
~ John Muir