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    Horst

    As a small business owner who started with 1 and now has 80+ employees, many who make well over $15 and a few at $10-15, I am fully opposed to $15 an hour. You see, those who come in at $10 have little to no knowledge, very few if any tools and I mentor them, train them and most often give them merit increases as their value increases. This is capitalism at it’s best and works wonders for those who WANT to become better, who want more and who strive to be the best they can be – with that, comes $15 and more….

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      Justdoit

      Horst,
      “You can’t fix stupid!” Most who support this movement are the same people who might be book smart but lack street smarts.
      Lead by example with integrity and ethics.

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    ken roche

    totally agree

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    Burke

    “The difference being mine was a way to get through high school, and today’s worker is attempting to support a family of four. ”

    And like Horst points out, he’s also training people to be more useful employees, who will eventually command a higher wage. Anyone raising a family of four should be well beyond being worth more than $15/hr…

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    Tim

    Minimum wage should be tied to age somehow. I have employees that come in and have never had a job before. We have to teach them how to punch in, how to dress and deport themselves. They really aren’t productive employees until they’ve been there 12 months or longer. If they only work summers that could take two years or more. If a person is 21 and trying to support a family they should be able to demand a higher minimum wage. A kid coming in with no work experience is a project not a producer. Either make it an age based system or an experience based system. You can’t believe some of the stupid mistakes my rookies make. After a couple years they are worth more. In the beginning I’m doing them a favor employing them.

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    Robert

    What no one seems to talk about is the issue of those already making greater than the new proposed minimum wage (whatever that could become). As a business owner, I already pay our workers much more than $15/hour because they’re highly skilled. I agree that first time job seekers or (yet) unskilled hires are projects rather than producers. A terrific point stated perfectly! In our field I have no need for either, but many companies do. What, then happens to staff making just a bit more then the new minimum wage? It seems to me that employers will then need to increase those wages proportionately. Why should someone work hard only to be paid little more then another just starting out? It stands to reason that wages must then increase across the board because more experienced staff will demand higher pay. The net result will be the same difference between experienced versus inexperienced pay and simply shift payroll numbers higher. In order then to maintain profitability and overhead, companies will be forced into various solutions including staff reduction and higher retail prices. Any way it’s framed, I believe the result will be increased unemployment which will hurt the very people a new minimum wage policy is meant to help.

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