Convincing the working poor to vote against their economic interests has become a cottage industry in the Republican Party, typically buttressed by threats of Mexicans, gays, or gay Mexicans. But more of than not they rely on the hilariously debunked notion that giving more money to wealthy people will trickle down to the poor, increasing their standard of living. After 30-plus years of enduring this hot smoking bs on a silver platter, even Ronald Reagan’s right-hand man on economics said as much.
However, a new report that proves higher minimum wages DON’T threaten job creation might make them squirm a little bit more than usual.
According to a recent report by the private payroll firm Automatic Data Processing (ADP), the state of Washington received the highest score in the nation on wage and job growth in the fourth quarter of 2015. Seattle, which already raised its wage to $15 an hour, can be attributed to paving the way for the rest of state to catch up. The state’s stellar performance eviscerated all the doom-and-gloom scenarios pushed by right-wing media about the supposed side effects of elevated minimum wages. You know, like a fake cheeseburger is going to cost you 10 bucks, among other outlandish claims.
Via the Seattle Times:
Washington is really overperforming on employment growth,” said Ahu Yildirmaz, head of research for ADP, a payroll services company.
Nationwide, employment and wages both increased by 2.1 percent year-over-year during the fourth/ quarter of 2015.
In Washington, however, employment climbed by 3.7 percent. Much of that came from hiring in construction, information technology, professional services, and leisure and hospitality industries.
In sectors such as in retail and hospitality, some employers in the region are raising wages for managers in response to recent minimum-wage bumps in Seattle and SeaTac, said Sage Wilson, spokesperson for Working Washington, an advocacy organization.
Anecdotally, Wilson has heard of employers outside of those cities finding that they must match higher wages to compete for employees. The minimum-wage increases, however, are relatively new and could take years before they significantly impact statewide data.
Of course, a higher minimum wage means that greedy companies, particularly Wal-Mat, will no longer be able to rely on taxpayers funding their employees with social programs like Food Stamps.
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