Seattle minimum wage increase takes effect and eating out gets more expensive for everyone [Video]

This experiment will fail miserably and it won’t take very long. What these chuckleheads don’t seem to get is that restaurant workers will wind up making less. So will everyone else as businesses are forced to close up shop and move somewhere else. Unemployment will skyrocket even more and Seattle will begin to go down a long socialist slide just like Detroit. This is what happens when you put Socialists in charge. They are mathematically and economically challenged in their thinking processes. And they are never happy until everyone is equally unhappy.

From Fox News:

Eating meals out in Seattle just got more expensive as tens of thousands of low wage workers got a raise this week to $11 an hour. It was the first scheduled pay increase on the way to $15 an hour, the highest minimum wage in the country.

Ivar’s Salmon House, an iconic Seattle seafood restaurant, decided to skip the phase-in period and began paying $15 right away.

It also raised menu prices 21 percent. The famous Fish ‘n Chips will run you $20.60 and the Wild Alaska Halibut is now $43.50. The restaurant also wrote on the menu, “Tipping is no longer necessary…we have changed the way we pay our employees.”

But that’s not all. In order to keep servers, who used to earn an average of $27 an hour, from quitting, Ivar’s is now sharing revenue among all workers. Owners believe the new formula will have servers and bartenders making the same amount or more money, while dishwashers, cooks and busboys will get a nice pay raise. Of course, it all depends on the amount of business the restaurant does.

Fast food restaurants are taking it much slower, but they’re still charging more. One Subway in South Seattle that’s now paying workers $11 raised prices four percent.

“I don’t have a choice but to increase prices,” said Subway franchisee David Jones. “I just hope that the public rewards us for giving good service and having good food.”

But not everyone is celebrating a fatter paycheck. Public employers may not be bound by the $15 ordinance. Seattle’s biggest employer, with 39,000 employees, is the University of Washington. Officials say the money is not currently there to pay 2,600 student employees $11 an hour. They still are making the state minimum wage of $9.47.

Student workers protested this week and some say they’ll walk.

“If we can get $15 an hour four blocks from here, we’ll go four blocks from here and get it,” said Eric Riner, who works in the student Hub.

From the Seattle school district to King County, every other public employer said it now is paying the higher wages. None would detail how they will afford the higher labor costs, but the Seattle College District listed some options. That list includes reduction in services, increase in fees/prices and eliminating services such as catering and fitness centers.

Kshama Sawant, the $15 wage ordinance architect who is a Seattle City Councilwoman and a Socialist, said the University of Washington, in particular, has other ways of affording the raises.

“It is disingenuous for them to say they don’t have enough to pay $15 an hour,” said Sawant, “Why don’t they cut the salaries of the top executives and try to pay $15 and try to increase the wages for the lowest paid workers?”

But critics contend there will be plenty of losers and they won’t be the high rollers. Taxpayers may see taxes go up to pay for higher public employee wages. There’s also concern about the number of jobs and who will fill them.

Paul Guppy, policy analyst at the Washington Policy Center, a Libertarian think tank, said some jobs will leave Seattle, and the least skilled will be squeezed out of those that remain.

“Youth unemployment in particular will be higher in Seattle,” said Guppy. “It will be harder for people to find a summer job or students to add to their income when they’re in college.”

Small businesses have seven years to work up to paying $15 an hour, while big companies that employ at least 500 workers must get there in just three years. It’s a wage experiment that will be watched closely across the U.S.

My daughter just lived in Seattle for a while… even before this new form of extortion took place, everything was massively more expensive than in other cities. Housing was outrageous even for a rented bedroom. Food was ridiculous. Everyone is walking around congratulating themselves on how liberal and progressive they are, while they are literally killing, cooking and eating the golden goose there. Society cannot function with everyone paid equally. Capitalism works because of competition and demand. Socialism and Communism don’t work because of invasive controls by the government. Tell me… have you ever seen a communist country where everyone was rich? Of course not… it doesn’t work that way. They live in squalor and our leaders are determined to take us down that same grubby, miserable path.

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

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