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The State California has a proposal on the table, yet to be signed by Governor Jerry Brown, to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by the year 2020. They will start with a .50 cent increase to raise the current $10 per hour minimum wage to $10.50, then they will raise it to $11, then one dollar per year until it reaches $20 per hour. Businesses with less than 25 employees will be given an extra year to comply with the new wage hike. The incremental changes and concessions made for very small businesses seem to point to the fact that the powers that be know a raise in minimum wage has negative financial effects.

Over the past two to three years, there has been a movement that has gained a lot of steam… the “Fight for $15” movement. Many people have been outside of the establishments where they are employed (and other people’s establishments) en masse, with protest and picket signs. Some employees have even walked off the clock in protest. There doesn’t seem to be much respect for geographic location, the local area’s economic strengths or weaknesses, or the nature of the business in which they are protesting should increase minimum wage to $15 an hour.

There also doesn’t seem to be much respect for the fact that many of the minimum wage jobs in question may simply be replaced with a robot. Or the simple logic of economics …. or supply and demand. The higher the wage of a job is, the more in demand that actual job becomes to potential employees. Therefore, the more stringent the hiring process will be. People that have low skills and low education, the chief people being “protested” in favor of… will be left out in the cold. Also, the demand for low skill, low wage jobs will shrink on the employer side of things if the law makes it to where a machine will cost less over a period of time than a human employee. Which is a job destroyer.

Those who are fighting for $15 in California and in other states, such as Washington State, must ask themselves a simple question. Is it more worthwhile to have a job that pays less than desired, or to have no job at the pay that is desired?

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