Our company of 10 employees has for almost 40 summers employed high school and college students as a way to help these first-time workers learn working skills. That ends if there is a substantial minimum wage increase. A business is paid what its product or services are worth to the public. An artificially inflated wage for unskilled workers will actually be regressive.
The current concept seems to assume that small/micro businesses are the same as the bad actor big-box stores. I personally resent that simplistic attitude. As with most small/micro businesses, I treat my employees very well, almost like family, so making the assumption that all businesses are the same is simply rude and ignores the truth.
A training-level minimum wage is imperative, otherwise people entering the work force will have very few opportunities to learn how to work.
It has been commented that is a “regressive” policy. I would proffer that $11 per hour is a lot better than $0 per hour. Any increase should be incremented over multiple years.
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The cost of living here is somewhere around 25 percent lower than Seattle, so the minimum wage should reflect the difference.