2014 November 05 Wednesday
4 Right Leaning States Wisely Raise Minimum Wage
The voters of Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota made a wise choice.
Four states — Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota — passed measures to increase the minimum wage. Alaska’s measure will increase the minimum wage to $9.75 in 2016, the Arkansas measure raises the minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017, Nebraska’s will rise to $9 by 2016 and South Dakota’s goes to $8.50.
All of the plains states should jack up their minimum wage rates to $12 per hour and eventually go higher still. In a nutshell: the least skilled and least intellectually able would be driven to leave and to stay out.
See my previous posts on this topic: Sales Taxes And High Minimum Wages Are Anti-Decay, Nick Hanauer Proposes $15 Per Hour Minimum Wage, Demography And Regionally Higher Minimum Wages.
By Randall Parker at 2014 November 05 09:23 PM
"the least skilled and least intellectually able would be driven to leave and to stay out."
No, they'll stay and go on welfare.
In Republican states the welfare benefits are lower.
A wise state would raise minimum wage to $15 per hour, slash welfare benefits, and then provide free bus, train, or airplane tickets to California or New York or any other state with high welfare benefits. Anyone who can't make the grade would be encouraged to leave.
A wise state would also provide free transportation to convicts getting out of prison too. Any liberal state would welcome them as immigrants.
Seriously, these are excellent policy ideas.
These results go hand-in-hand with the Oregon referendum in which the state's leftist voters rejected driving privilege cards for illegal immigrants by 68-32.
The Republican Party needs to read the tea leaves. The white working class leans increasingly to the GOP. The GOP won't survive just by pushing tax cuts for businesses, free trade, and the Keystone pipeline. Even Republican voters support raising the minimum wage. The GOP needs to be seen as doing something for the working poor.
A higher minimum wage would slow immigration, especially illegal immigration. That means that both sides of a "compromise" on the issue - like raising the minimum wage in exchange for immigration enforcement, or for cutting welfare programs - would actually be doubly beneficial to the GOP, while helping their image with the working class.
@WJ: Although I agree that the Republicans need to re-orient their policies to the working and middle classes, I don't see the minimum wage is doing much of what's being advertised. It encourages employers to either automate or switch to illegal "off the books" workers. That increases the draw to illegal immigrants. Since there is no state that voted for the minimum wage that also voted to slash their welfare benefits, it will more than likely shunt unskilled American workers from the workforce to the dole.
Too bad that none of the states where exit polls were conducted did anything with the minimum wage question. Shame bc Alaska even had an exit poll on medical marijuana in addition to governor and senate.
Move all the ISIS warriors to Malibu, the liberals there favor islamist immigration.
Mike Street Station,
I am skeptical that a higher minimum wage would increase the number of illegal aliens with jobs. I expect the opposite Not all (or I suspect even most) illegal aliens work "off the books". To pay people "off the books" you need revenue that you are not going to report on your taxes. To write off the expenses of employees against income you need to record your payments to employees. Therefore I expect not many illegal aliens get paid below the minimum wage.
If you can't get a job anyway the minimum wage might as well be infinite.