From Allen B. West:
In the world of progressive politics, it’s good intentions that matter, not good results.
That’s why it’s completely logical that those in Seattle’s leadership aren’t the bit concerned the evidence is overwhelmingly in favor of those who predicted people would lose jobs in light of their $15 an hour minimum wage policy – because as long as they’re the “good guys,” they can ignore reality.
We reported here this week on an explosive University of Washington study which found that by the time the wage hit $13 an hour (the $15 an hour minimum wage is being phased in), low-wage workers were actually starting to lose money: the UW study found that the average low-wage employee enjoyed $54 per month in higher earnings due to the $3.53 per hour increase associated with the second phase of Seattle’s minimum wage ordinance. But Seattle’s low-wage workers lost $179 a month on average due to job losses and reductions in hours worked. That amounts to $1,500 a year.
And what was the response of the Seattle socialists in response to this? Acknowledge the study contradicted their goals – and then pay a left-wing economist to produce and rush-publish a faux study extolling the benefits of Seattle’s minimum wage because the University of Washington study was publicized.
According to Forbes Magazine, What did Seattle Mayor Ed Murray know, and when did he know it?
That’s the question that commentators of all politica persuasions are asking, after Seattle Weekly confirmed a suspicion raised by this column: That the Mayor’s office deliberately sought to undermine a new University of Washington (UW) report on the city’s minimum wage experiment by seeking out a different report that was guaranteed to reach a positive conclusion.