Listen to that rumble; it's the sound of cattle stamping their feet.Of all the unintended consequences of the minimum wage hike - I actually didn't even THINK about this one. Then again, I'm not addicted to government welfare, so it never occurred to me.The minimum wage debate rolls on and on, even with several cities, including Seattle, imposing the job-killing $15 wage on employers. And we've already seen the impact it's had on businesses in those cities. But this - it's so sad that it's actually funny (and then it's sad again).According to this, employees of a non-profit group in Seattle who've achieved their glorious goal of the $15 minimum wage are actually asking their employers for FEWER hours. The reason? Now that they make more money, they no longer qualify for subsidized housing. So they figure if they work fewer hours, they'll make less money and they can stay in their government-provided cheap apartments -Nora Gibson is the executive director of Full Life Care, a nonprofit that serves elderly people in housing and nursing facilities and is also on the board of the Seattle Housing Authority.She recently had five employees who earn $13 and hour request to reduce their work hours in order to remain eligible for housing subsidies.“This has nothing to do with people’s willingness to work, or how hard people work. It has to do with being caught in a very complex situation where they have to balance everything they can pull together to pull together a stable, successful life,” Gibson said.BUT WAIT! (as they say) THERE'S MORE!Justine Decker is a full-time student with a 3-year-old son and a part-time job, says she doesn’t want to work full time because if she makes too much, it cuts into her subsidies for rent and childcare.“A one-bedroom can cost upward of $1,200. And so imagine paying that, and paying childcare which can be $900 something dollars,” Decker said.Sooooo... the point of a higher minimum wage wasn't necessarily so you could provide things like housing and food and childcare for yourself - it was just to have more money for whatever else you wanted while the government continues to provide all the free/cheap stuff they were giving you BEFORE you got the minimum wage raise? You mean that even when people don't have to be totally dependent on the government, they still WANT to be?
Friday, July 24, 2015
Reason number gazillion and nineteen why minimum wage is bad and wrong
Some brain-dead supporters of the idiocy are now saying, "whoa!"