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Posts Tagged ‘Living wage’

What will Washington’s living wage be if all the businesses leave?

Posted by Liberty on March 2, 2009

Update 12:18 pm:
For those of you who don’t read the comments, I received a comment from Representative Miloscia regarding this post. I’d like to take the opportunity to make a correction to my earlier post. My statement that Representative Miloscia lacks private sector experience was inaccurate. He does, in fact, have quite a bit of private sector experience. He has run or managed a variety of companies and has served as a business consultant as well.
The last thing that I want to do here is base my arguments on false information. I’d like to thank Representative Miloscia for bringing this error to my attention and I’d like to apologize for mischaracterizing his work experience.

A ‘living’ wage apparently is between $9.70 and $11.55 an hour

Great blog post by Joe Turner from the Tacoma News Tribune.  State Representative Mark Miloscia [that’s the porn tax guy] has put another bill on the table.

“Miloscia has introduced House Bill 1716, which would require ‘living wages’ be paid after Jan. 1, 2010 to anyone being paid under a contract let by the state Community, Trade and Economic Development Department.”


“If the employee gets health coverage, those wages would be $9.70 an hour. Without health coverage, the pay would be $11.55 an hour.”

Washington State’s minimum wage just recently went up to $8.55 an hour.  While I’m sure Representative Miloscia has nothing but the best intentions for the workers of Washington State, a “living wage” dictated by state government is the last thing we need.  It doesn’t do much good to be perpetually legislating in favor of the workers if the same legislation discourages companies from doing business here in Washington.

I looked into Miloscia’s background [from his campaign website] and discovered that he appears to have no private sector job experience.  He was an Air Force pilot [and thank you for your service, Representative Miloscia], a substitute teacher, director or executive director for a couple of non-profits and a utility district commissioner.  Perhaps if Representative Miloscia had run his own small business and had to meet a payroll, he would have a better understanding of the burdens employers already face.

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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

New jobs in Washington paying less than living wage

“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.

State recovery has ‘no time to waste’

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.

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