If you raise the minimum wage, they’ll evade work. That wasn’t supposed to happen in Utopiaville. The chronically oppressed and consistently downtrodden were to receive a hand up from their poverty imposed hovels. The liberal mantra of a liveable wage didn’t factor in welfare benefits.
The twist is just one apparent side effect of the controversial -- yet trendsetting -- minimum wage law in Seattle, which is being copied in several other cities despite concerns over prices rising and struggling to keep up.
The notion that employees are intentionally working less to preserve their welfare has been a hot topic on talk radio. While the claims are difficult to track, state stats indeed suggest few are moving off welfare programs under the new wage.
Despite a booming throughout western Washington, the state’s welfare caseload has dropped very little since the higher wage phase began in Seattle in April. In March 130,851 people were enrolled in the Basic Food program. In April, the caseload dropped to 130,376.
At the same time, prices appear to be going up on just about everything.
And once again, conservatives have an, “I told you so” moment.