The “Fight for 15” movement has captured national media attention for its efforts to pass $15/hr minimum wage laws around the country. Little did they know, some people don’t want more earned income after all.
Seattle’s $15 minimum wage law is supposed to lift workers out of poverty and move them off public assistance. But there may be a hitch in the plan.
Evidence is surfacing that some workers are asking their bosses for fewer hours as their wages rise – in a bid to keep overall income down so they don’t lose public subsidies for things like food, child care and rent.
Full Life Care, a home nursing nonprofit, told KIRO-TV in Seattle that several workers want to work less.
“If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty, all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people,” said Jason Rantz, host of the Jason Rantz show on 97.3 KIRO-FM.
The twist is just one apparent side effect of the controversial — yet trendsetting — minimum wage law in Seattle, which is being copied in several other cities despite concerns over prices rising and businesses struggling to keep up.
That’s right. Now businesses in Seattle are struggling with skyrocketing labor costs, while employees are earning more for working less.
This news report almost reads more like satire than reality… I had to double check the source and make sure it wasn’t The Onion before I posted it to the blog. This story is proof that no matter how much government and progressives try, they can regulate everything except human behavior.