It’s Official. Seattle Minimum Wage Hike Did Not Help Workers

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It’s been over two years since the Seattle City Council voted to instate a $15 minimum wage, which will be implemented in gradual phases until 2017. Since that time several states and cities have followed through with their own generous minimum wage hikes. Unfortunately they may regret that decision, since the latest data shows that at best, these higher legal wages haven’t really helped workers at all.

According to a group of economists who were hired by the city to figure out what effects the wage hike has had on workers, the average hourly wage for effected workers has bumped up from $9.96 to $11.14, but that would have likely happened anyway since Seattle’s economy was already rapidly improving. They also found that while some workers were earning more, fewer people have jobs, and those who are working have fewer hours.

Using the most favorable statistical formulas, the researchers found that at best, workers are now earning an average of $5.54 more per week. When they used other formulas, workers were earning an average of $5.22 less per week.

And none of this takes into account how much more businesses have to spend on their workers. They still have to raise costs, which are passed on to the consumer, and result in a higher cost of living that would nullify any benefits of a minimum wage hike.

Keep in mind, that these numbers were established by a team of economists who were hired by the city. They may be a little biased in favor of the minimum wage, and what they’re telling us is probably the absolute best case scenario. Can you image how bad it could really be in Seattle?

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  • Joel W

    And in other news, water has been discovered to be wet. Who would have thought?

    • per sigurd hansen

      yes who would have… shows the average iq in politics is quite low..

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    • 2T3onefive

      lol! good one, thanks for the laugh!

  • Med1

    If Seattle does it, it’s generally unsuccessful.

    • Err Amerika

      You must define unsuccessful as a city where everyone continues moving to, while housing prices are soaring, construction is booming, and technology companies are flocking to.

      What “successful,” city may or not be your place of domicile?

      • Larry

        You’re stupid and wrong on all counts. Where do you read these fairy tales? Washington state is choking on all the economic woes they have created for themselves in that ratty liberal dung-hole.

        • Err Amerika

          I don’t have to be smart enough to read anything.

          I LIVE HERE.

          For obviously not the the first time, you are the IDIOT, with all due respect.

          Where is your domicile, pray tell?

          (I’m guess’n Kentucky!) ;^)

          • Larry

            OH great, so you’re the typical $hit for brains idiot in Seattle!

          • Larry

            SO basically, like the rest of the pot smoking air heads up there, you live in your parent’s basement where you smoke your nightly hash fix out of a bowl while listening to a bunch of old Kurt Cobain CDs while contemplating what to do with your worthless life now that you are looking right at 40 years old. AT least the rest of the world can be happy that Seattle leads the nation in suicide. Step it up a bit and maybe America can rid ourselves of you pukes altogether.

      • slk5

        another one who hates America, but punishes itself by staying here then moving to a more glorious place, like venezuela!!!

        • Err Amerika

          You almost got it; I’ve got nothing against America, I just hate imbecilic idiots like you who inhabit this place.

          Are you from Texass?

          • slk5

            you disrespect the name, so yes, you do have a problem…and with your tolerance, or lack of it, you despise anyone who doesn’t feel like you, but you’ll punish yourself, and stay in this exceptional country!!!

          • Err Amerika

            Why does thou excruciating exceptional one not disclose what shithole he’th prides himself as domicile¿

            You are no doubt are one of them “excepentialists ”

            Stew away in your flag waving insouciance; the clock continues to tick closer and closer to payback time.

          • slk5
          • g.johnon

            if you actually think that texas is something to respect, then you must be a Texan.

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            I’m not a Texan. But I do think that Texas is something to respect.

            It’s kind of silly to attack an entire state, don’t you think?

          • g.johnon

            aww toxic, we are humans. and if you have not yet noticed, silly is what we do.
            I am not attacking an entire state, there are a lot of good people there.
            what I am attacking, and always having great fun doing it, is the unfathomable texas ego. I just cant help it.

          • slk5

            i know it’s something to respect…i respect the USA!!!

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            Well said, Sir or Madam.

          • slk5

            sir, but i like the ladies too!!!

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            Don’t we all?

            You aren’t letting the Trolls drag you down into their cesspool. Well done.

          • slk5

            never!!!

          • g.johnon

            toxic, he is a troll.

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            Is he a member of your union?

          • g.johnon

            sorry, I guess, up until now, I have been giving you too much credit for intelligence. sorry, won’t happen again.

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            Really? I had you pegged as a Troll from the beginning. That was pretty intelligent of me.

            Bye now

          • g.johnon

            then you really need to stop shitting on her with your jingoistic bullshit.

          • slk5

            thats your opinion!!!

          • g.johnon

            why yes it is.

          • Larry

            How about we just off you and then problem solved! We won’t have to put up with a worthless piece of crap like you and you won’t be sucking up valued resources only to perpetuate your worthless, meaningless life!

          • Err Amerika

            Is that a threat?

            I have two cousins who are FBI agents; referring you to both them at this very moment.

            Watch your back, dumbass.

          • Larry

            If you had any relatives at all, they probably would never admit to being in any way related to you. Bring your commie FBI cousins on, I’m always ready! They would probably sooner snuff a liberal fluff-ball like you before they get themselves killed messing with me!

          • Err Amerika

            They wouldn’t waste their time on a piece of shit like you; so, beat off again, and then call it another day, just like the last, and last, and…

          • Larry

            Well darn, you mean I don’t get to turn your non-existent FBI cousins into cadavers? Guess I’ll just have to settle for messing you up really bad! You’re obviously very sick. Perhaps for the right amount of money you would consider offing yourself. How about you leap off the Columbia Tower and I’ll make a donation to commie-slobs in your name and then come and piss on your grave!

          • Err Amerika

            They do exist, and you put yourself on full display of not knowing anything of what your beating-off, dumbshit, knuckle-dragging, conservative, neandrathall programmed mind compels you to vomit.

            Get some help; the government might even pay for it.

          • Larry

            Unlike you liberal pieces of $hit, I don’t run to the government every time I imagine I need something, like you sick, delusional, mindless idiot liberals. You should really stop contemplating and just commit suicide; you know, like all the drunk, high, empty headed idiots in Seattle.

          • g.johnon

            why are you wasting your time on this troll err?

          • g.johnon

            err, be happy, you are getting a real up close and personal look at what a trump supporter is really all about. and it aint got much to do with wisdom.

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            It’s a sock puppet. Us Trump supporters disavow it.

            But continue with your stereotypical accusations that the other side is just a bunch of bigots.

          • g.johnon

            happy to hear your disavowal toxic.
            my “stereotypical accusation” is that both sides are morons. not really sure what you mean by “other side”.

          • The_Toxic_Avenger

            OK. I can’t disagree with both sides are morons at this moment

          • Err Amerika

            No kidding.

            Don’t care for Hillary, but beginning to see Trump is completely insane.

            Keep seeking truth!

          • g.johnon

            always.

          • thetagal

            Smart. Says something, the media goes mad, investigates to show him how wrong he is, and turns up some dirt on Hillary.

          • Err Amerika

            Nobody likes Hillary either; Trump is either crazy, or he is actually trying to lose.

            At least he “says,” at the moment, he wants to work with Russia and avoid world war III; this, while on the other side of his mouth, says he would nuke Iran.

            I hope both of them step down before the election, and are replaced by two lessor evils.

            Doesn’t matter all that much; I think we are headed for nuclear war no matter who sits in the Oval office.

            Short of revolution, via military coup, that is; good luck!

          • Dean Martin

            Dumbfuck, don’t forget to report me, too.

  • Mike

    Um, let me say this so even the simple brain dead liberals and regressives can understand this. DUH. WE TOLD YOU SO.

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      They still won’t understand – you put a 4-letter word in there.

    • Larry

      Hey, we’ve told you before…. don’t use big, confusing words like “Duh” when addressing stupid liberals….. oops there I go being redundant again!

  • Mike

    and it screws over the middle class even more.

  • Praetor

    The commies in the U.S. are the stupidest people that can be found or they are black hearted evil, its you’re chose. I chose both. Makes them very dangerous indeed!!!

    • g.johnon

      while what you say rings true praetor, I would not count trumpsters as any smarter or less evil.
      Hillary? trump? which one do you really want to hand the nuke codes to?
      gotta be a third option.

      • 2T3onefive

        Ill say Trump! Can’t be worse than North Korea Kim and soon to be Iran Ayatolla, take your pick.

        • g.johnon

          well sure you will and for such good reasons too. cuz yeah, we need an ayatollah or a Korean psycho to turn the good old usa around in a hurry.
          this is what happens when there is no basic voter test.

      • Larry

        I doubt YOU would count anything at all. I doubt you have the mental capacity to count higher than (2).

        • g.johnon

          there it is folks. trump supporter exposes himself. this country is done for.

          • Larry

            If that means that trash like you will die and go away…. I can live with that !!!!!

          • g.johnon

            wow, the gift that just keeps on giving.

  • Enough is enough

    If all these Heads of companies had half a brain they would realize that with no middle class. Just poor and extremely wealthy. There will be no one to buy there products. No one will be flying to vacations or eating out going to get those nasty Hamburgs at the fast food places. The only real way to fix the problem is to have the top people at business to take a pay cut. You know instead of 50 million a year plus 5 million in there bonus. Maybe 20 million a year and 2 million in bonuses. That’s the only way I see it working. But that will never happen. So we’re all doomed.

    • g.johnon

      what? you expect these poor people to try and squeak by on a measly 20 million a year? you heartless dog you.
      seriously; while there is some sweet justice in your idea, it would be not kind of solution.
      the fed must shut down and the banksters that run it hunted to ground and unceremoniously put down,followed by a return to constitutionally described process of introducing money into the system.
      oh yeah, we would need trustworthy representation for that…so..

    • Larry

      You are exactly right and it has already happened all over the USA. How many people do we all know who work somewhere and can’t afford to patronize the place they derive their paycheck from? I agree…. doomed!

  • I get the logic!

    If wages would be zero everything would be free!

    where the article talks about economists it means communists.

  • Rick3

    As a former Seattleite (moved to small town in WA to avoid the high taxes and poor service where my auto license costs $55 a year instead of $255 like Seattle residents)
    What these ignorant leftists don’t understand is that when your wage increases so do your taxes, your SEIU dues and your ObaMAOcare status, so not only do you no longer get those cash tips, you have pissed off and lost customers and caused a huge number of jobs due to cutbacks and closures.
    When someone gets hired for a minimum wage job they should have to undergo a lecture on micro-econ so they understand cost vs revenue vs profit. That $20 your boss put in the register for that sale equates to a net of about $1 for the owner in net profit after taxes.
    Hope all of you Gruber stupid leftists finally figure it out that in order to succeed you have to work for it in America. Do that and you WILL succeed.

  • MaxWebXperienZ

    “$5.54 more per work”??? I write stuff, I work real hard to get it right, make it easy to read. I’ve got no tolerance for pieces where i have to second guess auto corrections… is it per week, per shift, wtf???

  • Larry

    Well, boo-hoo for all the morons in Seattle…. like how many experts said, ahead of this, that this is exactly what would happen? It’s time for a major earthquake up there anyway. The slobs that inhabit the place don’t deserve anything better!

    • g.johnon

      hi larry, while I no longer live in seattle but also moved long ago to a small Washington town, I think it would be nice if you were to go off and die now.

      • Larry

        SO your some kind of pussy-boy and just couldn’t hack it in Seattle! How about you go f*ck yourself and then die while America applauds!

      • Err Amerika

        Wow!

        This Larry guy is a real piece of shit; where did he come from, besides Hell¿

        • g.johnon

          I know, the guy can’t even die right.

          • Err Amerika

            He definitely needs to; right way, or preferably LEFT way¡.

  • Bill Sanders

    “$5.54 more per work” – should be WEEK.

  • Abe

    Well the unemployed can always retire early or go to school. Obamanomics 101.

    I hope we can survive the 8 years of “hope and change”, and not go to “two for the price of one” again.
    If the government has the answer, it was really a stupid question. Let the market decide your worth, not some dumb ass politician!

    • g.johnon

      fair enough abe, but you have to realize how terminally corrupt that market is.
      and it is not all the fault of the left by a long shot.

      • Abe

        The market like everything else is corrupt. Tweedle Dee is as much at fault as Tweedle Dum.

        One thing I do know for sure, there wont be another Bush at 1600……. Thank God for small mercies. Still time to get all them locked up. I don’t recall what there catchy slogan was. Dumber and eviler maybe?

        Well the school loan bubbles about ready to pop. When it goes, no one will notice. When the Fed pops, it will drown out all other bubbles.

        • g.johnon

          that is true, the fed bubble is the bubble to watch.
          if I remember correctly daddy bush’s catchy slogan was: “read my lips, no new taxes”. and Georgie the ii”s was: “mission accomplished”.

          • Abe

            B – 1 I hate his ass!

          • g.johnon

            well you can take some solace in the fact that he cant enjoy the fruits of his thievery anymore. from what I hear, he is folding in on himself with alzheimers.
            little George was no prize either.

          • Abe

            Here’s a bubble to watch.
            http://finance.yahoo.com/chart/DB?ltr=1
            This will put the dominos in motion.

  • D.Moore

    This surprises who?