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Who Loses With Minimum Wage Hike

Who Loses With Minimum Wage Hike
Minimum Wage rally, Pittsburgh, Pa., earlier this year (AP) 

By Tuesday, 07 June 2016 08:54 AM Current | Bio | Archive

There was a sappy movie in the 1970s marketed with the slogan: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” (Although I have it on good authority that many were extremely sorry after they bought tickets.)

Never having to say you’re sorry is also in effect the motto of the socially–conscious justice warrior.

The left is forever concerned about “the masses” but individuals don’t rate much attention.

This brings us to the story of Devin Jeran a pizza shop worker discovered by Q13 Fox in Seattle. Devin, like most of the economically illiterate, was overjoyed after Seattle imposed a $15 per hour minimum wage on businesses unfortunate enough to operate within city limits.

Is this a great country, or what? Without doing anything on his part, other than show up for work, Devin would be getting a big raise thanks to politicians “fighting for us.”

That extra money will be rolling in until the beginning of August, when the shop will close because the owner can’t afford the economic whims of elected officials who use other people’s money to fight for social justice.

Devin explains the wage hike that was supposed to be a big lifestyle change, is a change for the worse, “People like me are finding themselves in a tougher situation than ever.”

That’s because unemployment doesn’t pay all that well.

For her part pizza shop owner Ritu Burnham tried her best to make the unilateral wage hike work, but politician’s ignorance of the market was too big a hurdle to cross. “I’ve let one person go since April 1, I’ve cut hours since April 1, I’ve taken them myself because I don’t pay myself. I’ve also raised my prices a little bit, there’s no other way to do it.”

There was an outside chance Burnham’s 12–person shop might have survived had it been “Ritu’s Pizza” instead of ZPizza. Being part of a franchise in the eye’s of Seattle rulers made Burnham just another soulless corporation to be milked, even if ZPizza only ranks 46th on the list of top 100 pizza franchisers.

Had she been Ritu’s Pizza, Burnham would have had six years to phase in the wage increase. Since she’s what the city terms a “large business franchise” the raise happens immediately.

Burnham explains, “I know that I would have stayed here if I had seven years, just like everyone else, if I had an even playing field. The discrimination I’m feeling right now against my small business makes me not want to stay and do anything in Seattle.”

Guilt by association was fatal for her business and Devin’s job, but the minimum wage hike will be a great issue in the politician’s re–election commercials.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.


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