- According to Jim Holt, writing for the Gateway Pundit in 2016, Pew Research recently completed a disturbing voter fraud study and analysis.
- The study found that over 1.8 million people currently on the nation’s voting rolls are in reality, dead.
- More than 2.75 million people are registered to vote in more than one state.
- Eric Boehm, writing for Reason on January 10, 2018, discussed a bad consequence of Seattle’s minimum wage increase.
- The Subway restaurant chain often runs a sales promotion where they have an ad campaign that advertises their Subway foot long sub sandwiches for just $4.99.
- But that ad campaign was not honored by a Subway owner in Seattle, a town that has raised the minimum wage dramatically in recent years.
- David Jones posted a sign explaining why his store was opting out of the national ad campaign and promotion: "Dear Seattle Subway Patrons: Unfortunately, we are not participating in the $4.99 Footlong Promotion. The cost of doing business in Seattle is very expensive. We are balancing the highest minimum wage in the nation, paid sick leave, ACA, Secure scheduling, soda tax and much more.”
- Thus, even though some workers are now making more in the Seattle area, the cost of buying a sub sandwich is also relatively higher wiping out some of the benefit of having higher wages.
- Which assumes you still have a job as a result of a higher minimum wage since according to researchers “at the University of Washington's School of Public Policy and Governance, the number of hours worked in low-wage jobs has declined by around 9 percent since the start of 2016 "while hourly wages in such jobs increased by around 3 percent." The net outcome: In 2016, the "higher" minimum wage actually lowered low-wage workers' earnings by an average of $125 a month...And now those same employees will have to pay more for sandwiches from Subway—and everything else too.”
- Red Robin was forced to eliminate the busboy position in all of its restaurants to cope with the increased wages it is being forced to pay.
- Thus, as always, when politicians force an increase in the wage expense for businesses, businesses have to compensate by reducing costs somewhere else in their business, usually resulting in fewer jobs.
- Eliminating the busboy positions will save the company about $8 million a year allowing it to apply the $8 million in savings to others that still have a job to comply with the higher minimum wage levels being imposed.
- This change comes on the heels of another change, the elimination of expediters, employees that take the food from the cooks and place it on plates for the servers, a move that saved the company almost $10 million last year.
- The company’s chief financial officer, Guy Constant, told a conference recently why the changes were made: “We need to do that [eliminate job titles and jobs] to address the labor increases we’ve seen.”
- Michael Saltsman, director of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), reacted to that statement: “I read that as minimum wage. Somebody like Red Robin, which has a lot of exposure in western states [where the minimum wage is rising faster] … this is sort of a burger and beer chain. If they can’t pass those increases off in higher prices … they have to find a way to do more with less.”
- 851Franchise.com editor-in-chief Nick Powills also commented: “From a business standpoint, [Red Robin made a] very smart move. From an employee standpoint, you just cut out $8 million worth of labor. The interesting thing about the minimum wage hike is that those that made the decisions to do it, did it on behalf of the employee … when intentions are good, and you can’t please everybody, someone is going to eventually be on the short [end of the] stick.”
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