The minimum wage issue has once again become the topic of conversation among the political class and much like the topic of immigration it all depends on whether one views that preverbal “glass” as either half empty or half filled.

In the city of St. Louis Republican Governor Eric Greitens just reduced the minimum wage from $10 and hour down to $7.70 which is the average for Missouri.

Moreover, the minimum wage was set to increase yet again to $11 an hour starting in January if the governor didn’t take immediate action or in this particular instance decided “not” to take action.

The governor announced he won’t sign a bill that blocks cities and counties from setting their own minimum wage and enforce the state standard on those communities, and without the first-year governor’s signature, the law would automatically roll back to the to $7.70 figure.

When the city first passed the minimum wage increase in 2015, small business owners endured a 2-year legal battle with the courts, attempting to scale back the increase.


Gov. of Missouri and former Navy Seal Eric Greitens

Keith Jacob, president and CEO of Earth City-based St. Louis Staffing, an agency that places temporary workers within a verity of industries acknowledged that; “We’ll see companies that cannot relocate that will do with fewer employees, we’re going to see less jobs.”

Another employer, restaurateur David Bailey, said restaurants like his said the “Bottom line, this may benefit the tax base of the city in the short-term, but I think it will hurt it in the long-term, primarily because we have now made it significantly harder to do many types of business in the city as opposed to the county,” Bailey said. “This should have been a statewide or at least regional effort, not a localized effort with the way our metro area is structured.”

Moreover, Governor Greitens said he supports a fair wage, and that his citizens are financially suffering, but claimed St. Louis’ ordinance is impractical.

“Our state needs more private sector paychecks and bigger private sector paychecks, politicians in St. Louis passed a bill that fails on both counts: it will kill jobs, and despite what you hear from liberals, it will take money out of people's pockets.”

Greitens continued; "This increase in the minimum wage might read pretty on paper, but it doesn't work in practice. Government imposes an arbitrary wage, and small businesses either have to cut people's hours or let them go."

Despite the facts showing that an increase in Seattle of the minimum wage has done far more harm than good liberals immediately went into freak out mode.

Fight for $15, a pro-minimum wage increase group ranted in a Facebook post: "Hurting people who have it the hardest isn't just bad governing, it's pathological."

Cynthia Sanders, a janitor, said that "lowering the minimum wage would be unimaginably cruel."

Do you believe each state should set their own minimum wage standards depending on that state's economic and business environment?

Source: Fox-29 , CNN

 
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