The debate over the minimum wage did not end when the state followed the lead of a number of local governments in agreeing to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Now we are watching the impact of the increase. Even before workers achieve the $15, there are signs that the increase in minimum wage is hurting many it was intended to help.
A report in the San Diego Union Tribune reveals an economic study showing an increase of just $1.50 to$11.50 likely cost 4,000 food service jobs.
While it may be early to judge the true impact of the $15 minimum wage boost, anecdotal evidence continues to come in. This on top of reports out of Seattle that the $15 minimum wage mark is sending jobs out of the city and into the suburbs.
Many in the business community warned that raises in the minimum wage could hurt hiring of entry level jobs and put pressure on small business owners to reduce work time or cut jobs all together.