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Target raised its minimum wage only because it can afford to do so; small businesses cannot

Target is a big company, during the pandemic it did not face as much disruption to business as did most small businesses. Henceforth, Target can afford to pay its employees $15 an hr. But Target should not be the baseline for minimum wage. Small businesses cannot afford the minimum wage. It hurts their bottom line during normal times.  Now it will be even harder for small businesses to recover now while paying their workers $15 an hour....

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Why this is not the right time to push for higher minimum wage

In the wake of the coronavirus, state governments got to decide what businesses are essential and which ones are not. Some of the essential businesses ended up being the ones that pay low wages; grocery stores, trucking companies, cleaning companies. There is a good explanation for this occurrence; a lot of essential jobs are associated with the service industry and the service industry is not as highly productive as other sectors of the economy. Hence the low wages of the workers in the service industry. But that has not stopped people calling for higher wages for these "essential workers". The  following...

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The city of Reno might increase recreational fees to cover cost of high minimum wage

The state of Nevada passed a law to increase minimum wage gradually starting with a 75c increase in July. The law raises minimum wage to $11 by 2024 for employees who get health insurance through their employer, and $12 for those who do not.  But this change has presented extra cost of $2.7 million that has to be covered in the Reno`s parks and recreation budget for the next 5 years. The parks and recreation department needs to raise the wages of the lifeguards and coaches they employ....

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Vermont governor is right about the negative consequences of raising minimum wage

Despite S.23’s good intentions, the reality is there are too many unintended consequences and we cannot grow the economy or make Vermont more affordable by arbitrarily forcing wage increases. I believe this legislation would end up hurting the very people it aims to help....

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