Beware the aftereffects of minimum wage hikes
Minimum wage is payment to non-skilled workers and/or for income supplement. It is unrealistic to equate it to a cost of living wage.
Minimum wage increase forces struggling business owners to raise the wages for all their more skilled higher paid workers. The outcome is layoffs, business closures, higher unemployment, higher price for consumer goods, and higher tax liability to tax payers.
Minimum wage jobs should be characterized as a motivator to stimulate a desire for higher education and/or blue-collar job training leading to jobs providing a good cost of living wage.
Business-friendly bills passing through our state legislature are always voted favorably by Republicans, but historically, and overwhelmingly, voted against by the controlling Democrats who are the cause for our undesirable business environment. Lost to us is big business from considering a move to Rhode Island providing business growth with high paying