Be careful what you wish for, or in this case what you demonstrate for! Because even though you may win, you may actually lose, as proponents for the $15 minimum wage are finding out.

“Astoundingly” those who advocated for the increase in Seattle are now asking their employers for fewer hours so they can keep their welfare benefits.

Home nursing a nonprofit Full Life Care service told local news KIRO-TV that several workers have asked for fewer hours.

It seems the unintended consequences of those public demonstrations to give every worker a “living wage” in truth was simply a way of extorting a few extra dollars.

“If they cut down their hours to stay on those subsidies because the $15 per hour minimum wage didn’t actually help get them out of poverty,” said KIRO-FM radio host Jason Rantz, “all you’ve done is put a burden on the business and given false hope to a lot of people.”

The obvious scam for many of those demonstrating was apparently never to actually get off the welfare gravy train, but rather flees those businesses into giving more money per hour, while refusing to put in more hours of work

Statistics provide more evidence.  Washington’s Basic Food program enrollment fell by only 475 cases when the higher wage began in Seattle in April, despite a strong economy throughout western Washington, Fox Orlando reported.

“It’s what happens when the government imposes a restriction on the labor market that normally wouldn’t be there, and marginal businesses get hit the hardest, and usually those are small, neighborhood businesses,” said Paul Guppy, of the Washington Policy Center.

h/t: BPR

 

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