David Henderson and Matthew Hurtt have roundups of the serious side effects already being felt in the small community of SeaTac, outside of Seattle, which at unions’ behest adopted a minimum wage of $15/hour for many private employers. Job cuts, severe cuts in fringe benefits, and transfer of work to managers are just the start.
SeaTac serves as a sort of protected hothouse experiment: it hosts the Seattle area’s only international airport, and thus enjoys something of a captive-audience setting for service businesses. Yet even in a place like that the very bad idea of a $15/hour minimum wage has had plenty of immediate unwanted consequences. Now imagine foisting the same experiment on the entire state of Maryland, a state whose jobs, shops and residents all have a high degree of mobility. That’s what some in Annapolis wanted to do.
Our Facebook thread on the stories resulted in a first-rate proposed state motto for Maryland: “The State Small Enough To Escape On Foot.”