Seatac, Washington Booming After Raising Minimum Wage to $15
This is important given the doomsday scenario the “liberal media” constantly feeds us about how raising the minimum wage will cause businesses to lay people off, raise prices or even shut down altogether:
In January, the town of Seatac, Washington, put in to effect a new $15 per hour Minimum Wage. No ramp ups, no tiered implementation. One day it was the state standard, the next, the highest minimum wage in the nation.
Now, nine months on, we are witnessing one of the most dramatic recoveries in the Pacific Northwest.Last July, business owner Scott Ostrander claimed that the increased wage would force him to lay off staff, if not shut down his businesses.
I am shaking here tonight because I am going to be forced to lay people off. I’m going to take away their livelihood. That hurts. It really, really hurts. . . . And what I am going to have to do on Jan. 1 is to eliminate jobs, reduce hours — and as soon as hours are reduced, benefits are reduced.
Instead, his business, the Cedarbrook Lodge hotel, is expanding, adding 63 more beds to meet demand. Instead of layoffs, he needs to hire more people. And his story is not the only one.
Tom Douglas, who runs fifteen restaurants in Seatac, warned that a higher minimum wage would force the shutdown of a quarter of his restaurants. Instead, he is opening five new restaurants to meet demand. And this story is being repeated, over and over again, throughout Seatac.