Everyone wants in on that hot Merc action.
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We don't have to wait to on the state to raise the minimum wage. Here's what council can do right now: http://www.blueoregon.com/2014/04/15-how/
Colin - far from a single issue candidate: http://calebforcouncil.com/issues/.
Per achieving a living wage in Portland, there are a few ways of doing it without raising the minimum wage as mentioned in the article. You can use tax policy to achieve the same result as raising the minimum wage. It's actually probably better because can enact a progressive tax on higher earning employers to subsidize lower earning small businesses that might otherwise have a hard time adjusting at first. Despite the focus on $15/hr, it's only one of the issues that needs to be addressed to keep a Portland that people can afford to work and live in.
"Where is that money going to come from? If it is just passed on to us, the consumer, you and me, it is just going to inflate the price of everything, and in the long run none of us are going to be better off."
There's no historical precedent for this happening (that I'm aware of). If you can point to an example, please provide it. Competition actually keeps prices low while raising minimum wage puts more $ into the economy (low wage workers tend to spend most of their salary). In contrast, deregulated market speculation (AKA our system) on commodities drives prices up extremely fast as banks and hedge funds create artificial scarcity in markets. In Portland, rent prices are skyrocketing with no commensurate rise in wages or rent controls. This is a formula for displacement.
"What is more important is the relative difference in wealth between the owners/executives/managers (highly paid) and the front line troops (low paid). It is a structural thing."
I agree. Looking to solve this problem is also important and not separated from the fight for a living wage. It's all relative in the end.
"It requires a change in values, regulation, and tax policy. Not just a simple rule to bump up X to X+1."
Agree. The fight for $15 is a demand for a change in those values. Not the end all solution, but an important part of the struggle.
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