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Conservative Lobbyists Bracing for Battle Over Minimum Wage Boost

Conservative Lobbyists Bracing for Battle Over Minimum Wage Boost
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By    |   Thursday, 14 December 2017 11:26 AM

After a Democrat's surprise victory over a Republican in Alabama, conservative groups are preparing to prevent an increase to the minimum wage in case control of the Senate flips in 2018, The Intercept reports.

"There will be significant erosion in Republican-held state legislative seats in November 2018," reads a memo from Rick Berman, a corporate lobbyist who recently pitched his plan for a $4.6 million campaign against labor reform in case Democrats make waves next year. "The policy implications are obvious."

The memo notes that there is strong public support for increasing the minimum wage, and suggests that companies begin donating money to Berman's Employment Policies Institute to fund a campaign to change public opinion.

"First, we need an offense message that identifies the true victims of ill-conceived wage mandates," the memo continues. "Our research indicates that when we connect the dots on wage mandates, the negative impact on youth unemployment, and the consequent destruction of entry-level jobs, we achieve a new public awareness and sympathy for youth 'victims.'"

Berman also recommends that the food service industry argue that businesses cannot afford the increased cost of a higher minimum wage, and to propose a separate minimum wage for young people.

"A bipartisan public is receptive to lower 'apprentice' or 'intern' wage rates for young people," he wrote.

"Our time frame to get this done is in 2018," Berman wrote. "We expect a post-2018 election environment to embrace a far-left resurgence proposing broad labor market interventions. Our opportunity is to use the next 12 months before those elections to inform and engage public support on the growing crisis of youth unemployment."

Berman & Company declined to comment to The Intercept.

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