Megan McArdle: San Francisco Can Afford a $15 Minimum Wage. Mariposa Cannot.

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Aaron David

A fourth generation Californian, befuddled.

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  1. Avatar Rufus F.
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    They were talking about making $15 the minimum wage in Ontario at one point and it seemed like the effects were specific to the industry. At my cleaning job, the university can afford to make the minimum $15 and did because it got good press. It also probably doesn’t hurt that we’re all getting fired in two years and replaced with temps that get paid less. I know restaurants on the other hand that would have gone out of business because the profit margin’s so small.

    Now, instead, they’re talking about a mandatory living allowance, which as McArdle says in the other article, isn’t the solution that most of us who work want. I’d far prefer a career opportunity to a check.Report

  2. Avatar notme
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    I can’t wait to see how this plays out.Report

  3. Avatar Jaybird
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    In the 90’s, the “perma-temp” laws went into effect and I was *SO* happy. Finally! A law that was looking out for *MY* interests!

    And, yeah, my temp job got eliminated. I shortly was hired by a “Managed Services” company as an employee with bennies worse than those offered by my temp job. We had a year-long contract with the company that I had previously temped for with yearly options to extend the contract by one year.Report

  4. Avatar Zac
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    I’m extremely pro-minimum wage and pro-increasing-the-minimum-wage, and even I don’t understand why they’d opt for a blanket policy like this. There is nothing wrong with attenuating the minimum wage from region to region commensurate with the cost of living in each. I agree with McCardle; this just seems like an incredibly short-sighted way to deploy this policy.Report

    • Avatar DensityDuck in reply to Zac
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      “I’m extremely pro-minimum wage and pro-increasing-the-minimum-wage, and even I don’t understand why they’d opt for a blanket policy like this.”

      Well, that’s probably because you’re a dirty conservative who hates poor people and immigrants, and thinks that someone who works at Burger King shouldn’t be allowed to live near their job.Report

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