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#RaiseTheWage: Seattle businesses push back against minimum wage increase

Posted by: Phineas on July 6, 2014 at 2:41 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas Rick Moran at PJMedia has an article up about an effort on the part of Seattle business owners to get a measure on the ballot that would roll back the city’s recently passed $15 per hour minimum wage to a more “reasonable” $12.50. You can go there to get the details (there […]

 

It begins: SeaTac businesses add “living wage surcharge” to cover minimum wage

Posted by: Phineas on June 6, 2014 at 2:01 pm » Comments Off on It begins: SeaTac businesses add “living wage surcharge” to cover minimum wage

**Posted by Phineas When discussing Seattle’s new, progressive —FAIR!!— $15 per hour minimum wage, I wrote that business owners had just a few choices in response: Critics, on the other hand (and including your humble correspondent), argue that the laws of economics cannot be repealed by legislative fiat: raise the cost of labor, and businesses […]

 

Seattle approves $15 minimum wage, higher unemployment

Posted by: Phineas on June 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm » 1 Comment

**Posted by Phineas I wrote about this last week, when it was still just a proposal, noting how some businesses were already slowing hiring and moving out of the city, and how even progressives were coming to have second thoughts. Well, they did it: Seattle’s city council on Monday unanimously approved an increase in the […]

 

Seattle: $15 minimum wage already costing jobs

Posted by: Phineas on May 28, 2014 at 5:20 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas And it’s not even in effect, yet. But, it’s not surprising. Business managers have to plan for the future, and a looming huge increase in their labor cost will force many to rethink how they do business in Seattle, if they continue to do business there at all. Writing for the free-market […]

 

#Obamacare: more proof that liberals don’t “get” economics

Posted by: Phineas on April 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm » 4 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Sometimes I think one of the greatest acts of charity I could perform would be to buy progressives each a copy of Thomas Sowell’s “Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy,” because they clearly were not paying attention in high school or college: The practice of offering relatively inexpensive health […]

 

Western Washington University: “Help us be less White!”

Posted by: Phineas on April 16, 2014 at 1:38 pm » 8 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Here’s a thought experiment for you: Imagine a university that, through sheer chance, wound up with a mostly Black or Asian student body. Concerned faculty meet, their brows furrowed gravely. What can be done to fix this problem? And then, a solution! Solicit advice from students and alumni on how the university […]

 

Seattle: Do not say “brown bag” or “citizen,” for they are offensive and, yes, racist

Posted by: Phineas on August 4, 2013 at 1:24 pm » 10 Comments

**Posted by Phineas Once again, I’m relieved to know my beloved California doesn’t hold the West Coast monopoly on moronic political correctness. In Seattle, aka “San Francisco North” (1), the city Office of Civil Rights sent a memo around to Seattle employees and… Well, read on, but try not to hit your head against the […]