The new perspective on employment in Washington–wages determined by how much the employee “needs” instead of the value of their work to their employer
Posted by Liberty on December 9, 2008
“Nearly 80 percent of job openings in Washington last year paid less than a living wage for a single parent with two children.”
These were the findings of Gerald Smith, associate director of the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations.
“Among other strategies, the study advocated for taxpayer support for economic development; more investments in training, education and apprenticeships; increased wage progression; and use of living wage figures to set wage policies and determine eligibility for public assistance.”
The very concept of a “living wage” is a nebulous thing. It depends a lot upon the relationship between needs and wants that we all struggle with. I think we also need to be very careful about what these groups might really stand for and what their genuine agenda may be before giving their findings any credibility. They certainly seem to support redistributive policies and government dependence, which will only lower the standard of living for more people.
Coincidentally, Queen Christine met with business leaders to troll for ideas on fixing Washington State’s economy.
Governor Gregoire, I’ll give you one hint: redistributing wealth, increased wage progression and the use of living wage figures to set wage policies is how NOT to help Washington’s economy. Cutting taxes and getting the state government out of the lives of business owners and citizens alike is what we all desperately need.