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Left-wing lawmakers backing $15/hour minimum wage…hire VOLUNTEER interns

You can’t make a $7-an-hour job worth $15 an hour with the passage of a bill

(National SentinelLabor: Because most far-Left Democrats care so much more about “the working person” than Republicans is why they are the ones advocating for a massive increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Only, a new study shows, they’re really just a bunch of hypocrites.

As reported by The Daily Signal, of 174 federal lawmakers advocating for a boost in the minimum wage, the vast majority of them hire unpaid interns to work in their offices:

Almost all of the lawmakers who co-sponsored a bill to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour also hired unpaid interns to supplement their staffs, a survey shows.

A report from the Employment Policies Institute reveals that 174 of the bill’s 184 co-sponsors, or 95 percent, hire interns who are paid nothing.

“It’s hypocritical to rally for a $15 minimum wage when these lawmakers don’t pay their own entry-level employees a cent,” said Michael Saltsman, managing director of the Employment Policies Institute.

Last month the Congressional Progressive Caucus — that would be the most Left-wing of Left-wing Democrats — introduced a bill aimed at doubling the current minimum wage, claiming that it is needed to counter “inequality” among those who earn higher wages (because they earn them).

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., a leading voice in the calls for a $15 minimum wage, is the only senator to offer an hourly wage to interns, the study found, so at least he’s no hypocrite.

Outside of the obvious hypocrisy, it would be best if this legislation never made it anywhere. One look at places like Seattle, where the Marxists in city government have begun mandating artificially high “minimum” wages. There, the city’s $15 minimum wage mandate is already hurting the very workers the mandate was supposed to help, per the Washington Post:

When Seattle officials voted three years ago to incrementally boost the city’s minimum wage up to $15 an hour, they’d hoped to improve the lives of low-income workers. Yet according to a major new study that could force economists to reassess past research on the issue, the hike has had the opposite effect.

The city is gradually increasing the hourly minimum to $15 over several years. Already, though, some employers have not been able to afford the increased minimums. They’ve cut their payrolls, putting off new hiring, reducing hours or letting their workers go, the study found.

The costs to low-wage workers in Seattle outweighed the benefits by a ratio of three to one, according to the study, conducted by a group of economists at the University of Washington who were commissioned by the city.

This was predictable and, in fact, predicted. Artificially increasing wages for low-skilled jobs is highly disruptive to the payrolls of small businesses that have set wages based on level of training, education, skill, etc. You can’t make a $7-an-hour job worth $15 an hour just because Marxist city councilmen (or congressmen) wave their hands and stomp their feet.

It’s one of many economic principles the far Left has never understood or cared to understand.

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