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June 3, 2014

Remember SeaTac

The $15 minimum wage isn’t new.

Seattle recently passed a $15 minimum wage, to the satisfaction of many of its workers. However, the city should have studied the effect a $15 minimum wage had on its smaller neighbor, SeaTac. Apparently, businesses have pulled out of the small town, and workers there – who were supposed to benefit the most from the raise – don’t like the $15 wage. For example, The Asian Weekly, a paper that covers the Seattle area, reported one cleaning lady now feels nickeled, dimed and ignored by her employer. “I lost my 401k, health insurance, paid holiday and vacation,” she told the paper. “No more free food. … I have to pay for parking.” That’s because employers can’t afford to pay $15 an hour for $8 an hour value. Seattle should have looked before it leaped into another stinking petri dish of failed economic policy. More…

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