And Just Like That, Portland's Finally Talking About the Minimum Wage

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The wages that one receives are indicative of the value that one has as a person. This attempt at raising the minimum wage is an affront to good society and to God himself.
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25 NOW!
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Come on C.O., man up. $50 an hour.
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Finally, a candidate saying the things that Portlanders have been dying for our City Councilors to say.
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@jesse who's dead?
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Thank goodness Portland, and the rest of the US is talking about higher minimum wage laws, following in the example of such progressive European countries like Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Italy, and Cyprus ... oh wait, none of those countries have minimum wage laws.

This move towards a ridiculously high minimum wage of $15 an hour is largely directed at the resentment that's been earned by conglomerates like Walmart and McDonald's, right? But guess who has the capitol to back up a wage like that? Conglomerates like Walmart and McDonald's, and not the majority of small to mid-tier local businesses who aren't chasing stocks profits, and run on slim profit margins to survive. What a great win for the mega corporations who won't have to be burdened by actually having to compete with more small businesses.
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How nice it must be for Caleb to accept voluntary donations for his campaign ... a campaign where he pledges to use government force to coerce companies to increase their expenses. Boy, makes me want to be a politician.
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@Graham: "The wages that one receives are indicative of the value that one has as a person. This attempt at raising the minimum wage is an affront to good society and to God himself."

The moral idiocy of a comment is indicative of the moral idiocy of the commentator.
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@Graham: "@jesse who's dead?" There have been several deaths of houseless people in Portland this winter, y'know "Portland, the City that Works it Out that Warming Emergencies Begin at 30 Degrees, or Below Freezing." The most recent death was Thursday March 13.
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the PBA's candidate (Dan Saltzman) will no doubt agree with him, knowing full well that he will never face a vote where he has to go against his constituency in the PBA...
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Paying at least a $15 minimum wage is fair "because in 2013 output per hour in the US was $67.32 — higher than in every country in the world with the exception of Norway and Luxembourg. In a country where labor productivity is that high paying anyone less than $15 an hour is both unfair and unnecessary."

More from economist Robin Hahnel @ http://calebforcouncil.com/15-now-2/
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catch this press conference livestreamed at http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/44882799
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Uh, isn't that Vahid Brown, FBI collaborator, on the far left of the picture? These two are perfect for each other - naive academic 'progressives' that don't understand the purpose of the State.
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Uh, isn't that Vahid Brown, FBI collaborator, in the far left of the picture? These two are perfect for each other, a couple of academic 'progressives' who clearly don't understand the history and purpose of the State.
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If you're a commenter above ragging on raising the minimum wage, I urge you to drop your current wage(whatever it is) to $9.10/hr for one week and see how that works for ya.

Families can't afford to pay rent, food, car insurance, utilities, clothing, etc. with one 40 hr job at $9.10/hr.
College kids can't make any reasonable savings to pay off their loans without being indentured for years at that wage.

I'm an employer myself, own a small business, and would gladly pay my employees a living wage if that were the standard. When the minimum wage is raised, the spending capital of the community is also raised, meaning businesses can raise prices to accommodate what they need to pay workers.
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@Hiram Asmuth:

Since when should one expect to be able to afford a family on one McD job? I mean, are you being facetious? You can't really think that...


"I'm an employer myself, own a small business, and would gladly pay my employees a living wage if that were the standard"--There is nothing stopping you right now from paying whatever you want. Or is there? Say, Market forces? Competition? You see, claiming the high moral ground and then hiding behind the "well, it's not the standard" flimflam, is disingenuous at best.

"When the minimum wage is raised, the spending capital of the community is also raised, meaning businesses can raise prices to accommodate what they need to pay workers."--So, basically accomplishing jack shit? If you make $100/hr but a hamburger costs $35, what have you gained besides a few hundred percentage points worth of inflation?
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I run a business, and at times I don't make $15 an hour and have been on food stamps. I hope this can guarantee me the same rate. I would love to pay more, I just don't know how to. I guess prices will go up, but that will mean less sales. ohhhh the conflict. Perhaps I just need to start having my kids help me more... Peeps are going to loose jobs. It seems like mega-corporations who can control prices in markets will beat the small guy out who has no room to raise profits. Perhaps we can all work for walmart in the future. yay. Perhaps Estacada is my new home
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I duuno, this seems foolhardy and none too well thought out.
Employees already making 15 will want a raise to cover their being a better / more experienced / longevity, etc raise as well, and this will work its' way up the chain, then the cost of their product will have to be raised in order to cover the greater costs.
Then perhaps local peoples products will be undercut by those outside of the Portland area, etc etc etc.
Seems to me we ought to be looking more at other ways to combat the extremely high discrepency between lower wage and higher wage earners.
$15 an hour doesn't mean a thing if inflation causes a basic cheesburger at McDonalds to cost 5 bucks.
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This will never, ever happen. Just sayin'. Maybe in 2114. And for the gentlemen above daring "families" to go on 9.19 an hour. Been there. Been on unemployment making less. Still think this is a pipe dream. And I think it vastly overestimates how much many employers earn and could pay.
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I started talking about an $11.00/hr minimum wage over a month ago, my props to Caleb for getting it noticed in the press. I considered $15 and $13 but chose to go with the more doable $11 because I pragmatically think we can get the goons of the PBA behind it. Michael Durrow, Portland City Council Candidate