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The Hill: Republican Opposition to Raising the Minimum Wage Is Crumbling

“During two recent Senate debates, two GOP candidates, Rob Portman (Ohio) and Ron Johnson (Wisconsin) both broke with their previous opposition to raising the minimum wage (or in the case of Sen. Johnson, even having a minimum wage), and made it clear during their debates that it’s absolutely time to raise the federal minimum wage.”

 

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Bloomberg: Doomsayers Keep Getting It Wrong on Higher Minimum Wages

“The ink wasn’t even dry on the wage legislation when the dire warnings of economic collapse began. Unemployment would skyrocket, economic growth in the state would be hurt, restaurants and small businesses would close en masse. The deserved punishment would be swift and harsh.

But a funny thing happened on Seattle’s way to economic collapse: the city thrived. Restaurants didn’t close — they actually prospered — and new restaurant openings rose. Unemployment fell, most recently to less than 4 percent, more than a full percentage point lower than the national rate. By all accounts, the city on the Puget Sound is booming.”

 

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GOP Congresswoman: FL Needs a $15 Minimum Wage

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Washington Post: So far, the Seattle minimum-wage increase is doing what it’s supposed to do

“In April 2015, the city raised its minimum wage from around $9.50 to $11, on the way to $15 an hour by 2017 (for employers with 500 or more employees and certain other employers; the minimum wage for most Seattle businesses rose to $10 in April 2015, and $15 will not go into effect for all Seattle businesses until 2021). The pay of affected workers went up almost 12 percent, compared to a 5 percent increase for workers in nearby, similar places that weren’t bound by the increase. The study’s authors concluded that the increase raised the pay of affected workers by seven percentage points more than might otherwise have occurred.”

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The Nation:  Florida Has Not Held an Employer Responsible for Violating the Minimum Wage Since 2011

“Despite such complaints, Bondi’s public comments have given the impression that wage theft in Florida is not a problem in need of robust solutions. In a statement provided to me in February for a separate article—Bondi’s office did not respond to more than a dozen requests for comment on this story—a spokesperson for the office seemed to suggest that wage theft is a minor issue, with the bulk of claims coming from workers being paid mere cents below the minimum wage. And most, the spokesperson suggested, can simply be fixed by giving employers reminders to comply with the law.”

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US News: Increasing the minimum wage for the lowest-paid workers will benefit America’s very poor – and very wealthy.

“Higher wages provide the fuel to drive our economy. It’s a simple equation: Higher wages equal increased consumer spending, which makes business grow. The economics of the last 40 years has largely benefited the 1 percent, leaving the middle class and the poor behind. It’s in everyone’s interest to stop this trend.”

 

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