(first published by U.S. Uncut on August 25, 2015)
Conservative media claim Seattle’s $15/hour minimum wage is hurting business. The latest evidence proves they couldn’t be more wrong.
In 2014, Seattle became the first major metropolitan city in America to begin increasing their minimum wage to $15 an hour, and instantly became the litmus test for the rest of the country. While labor unions and working class Americans applauded the decision, conservative politicians and supporters of trickle down economic theory began a campaign of “doom and gloom” reporting that such a drastic increase would destroy the Seattle economy.
Major news outlets such as Fortune, Forbes, and Fox News were quick to jump on short-term employment and economic data to proclaim that higher wages were leading to business closures and increased unemployment, while ignoring seasonal trends which most directly affect the food and beverage sector. These reports set the pace for monthly reminders to anyone who would listen that continuing down the road of paying employees a living wage would surely end in calamity.