Monday, April 04, 2016

Bender Bending Rodriguez would be pleased

Governor Jerry Brown has signed the "Accelerated Robot Development Program."  Hit and Run: "Gov. Brown Admits $15 Minimum Wage Does Not Make Economic Sense, Approves It Anyway."


Anonymous said...

Leaked documents show strong business support for raising the minimum wage

The survey of 1,000 business executives across the country was conducted by LuntzGlobal, the firm run by Republican pollster Frank Luntz, and obtained by a liberal watchdog group called the Center for Media and Democracy... Among the most interesting findings: 80 percent of respondents said they supported raising their state's minimum wage, while only eight percent opposed it.

"It’s undeniable that they support the increase,” LuntzGlobal managing director David Merritt told state chamber executives, noting that it squares with other polling they’ve done. “And this is universal. If you’re fighting against a minimum wage increase, you’re fighting an uphill battle, because most Americans, even most Republicans, are okay with raising the minimum wage.”

...Sixty-three percent of respondents said they belong to a chamber of commerce, whether on the local, state, or federal level — suggesting that the groups' public statements might be out of step with their members' beliefs. ...The research had been commissioned by the Council of State Chambers, a small, non-political umbrella organization that coordinates messaging across the dozens of groups that make up its membership.

...“Sometimes you end up confused by the fact that someone has enough money to be in the halls of the state senate, day after day after day, funded by some of the bigger corporations that have more of an investment in the status quo,” [pro-wage floor hike advocate Holly] Sklar says. “It has an impact on how it’s perceived — you start thinking that’s what business thinks.”

Eric said...

Oh, we're cutting and pasting editorials? Here's the New York Times with: "The Right Minimum Wage: $0.00."

But there's a virtual consensus among economists that the minimum wage is an idea whose time has passed. Raising the minimum wage by a substantial amount would price working poor people out of the job market.