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    phil spews:

    @1 Are you saying these business owners don’t read the news? Or are you saying that the increase is gradual enough that new businesses can cope with it. That is the folks that are complaining about it are losers who are being ignored by most of the business community.

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    Sloppy Travis Bickle spews:

    Looking forward to your piece on the number of bars and restaurants opening in the Rainier Valley area.

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    ArtFart spews:

    @4 Who knows? The Great Seattle Traveling Gentrification Show and Hipster Revival, having previously passed through Fremont, Belltown, Ballard and Columbia City, may be near or at its peak on Capitol Hill. Perhaps the rest of Rainier Valley is next in line.

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    Sloppy Travis Bickle spews:

    Tugadi no longer hires musicians for her restaurant. With the wage increase still looming, she said she can’t justify expenses that don’t directly “add to the bottom line.” She’s also removed labor-intensive menu items and adjusted prices in preparation for the hike. And, she says, hours will have to be cut: At the end of the summer, El Norte Lounge will stop serving lunch and will only serve dinner.

    Some companies may simply leave the city. Well-known pizzeria Pagliacci Pizza, a Seattle-area pizza chain, is already moving its call center and some of its production facilities outside the city, Cough said. “That’s a lot of jobs,” she notes.

    I found this article because Goldy re-tweeted from Working Washington. WW said that Forward Seattle is just ‘making stuff up’.

    What part is true and what part isn’t? And should Pagliacci be boycotted?

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Take This Job And Shove It Dep’t

    More employers report they can’t fill job openings, CNBC reports. Employers blame it on a “skills gap” and “lack of available candidates.” But maybe, just maybe, there are other reasons why workers aren’t lining up at some employers’ doors, e.g.: Low pay, lack of benefits, no job security, lousy working conditions.

    Roger Rabbit Commentary: Other surveys show more workers are quitting their jobs, and employee dissatisfaction is at all-time highs. Many employers took advantage of the Great Recession to cut pay and benefits, overwork their employees, and generally abuse their workers. Is it really shocking that workers are ditching bad employers now that the economy is improving and it’s easier to get another job?

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    Sloppy Travis Bickle spews:

    I’m sure 17% increases will be easily tolerated all over Seattle.

    “I would hazard a guess that if someone can afford a nearly hundred dollar meal for two people, I don’t think they’ll have a problem paying $117,” Sawant responded.

    Liberals are always so free to spend someone else’s money. At least they’re consistent. A $3 banh mi sandwich that Goldy will spring 50 cents more for, after the minimum wage increase affect prices, is close to the same percentage increase.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    It’s kinda interesting to see that, absent action from Congress, the market is providing its own answer to the question of “how much wage is enough” inasmuch as people won’t work for $7.25 an hour and employers can’t fill positions in states where that’s the prevailing wage.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @9 “Liberals are always so free to spend someone else’s money.”

    Why not? Conservatives enjoy the good life on the backs of other people’s labor.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Sure is interesting to see all the ill economic effects cascading through the Seattle economy of a minimum wage increase that doesn’t take effect until 10 years from now.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    @11 For what purpose? I could put an encyclopedia of irrefutable data in front of you, and it would make no difference in your thinking, because you’re be enslaved to an ideology that ignores facts and denies reality. It’s not like my posts are based on secret information or anything like that. You could, with minimal effort, find out what’s going on in the world with a modicum of reading.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Been in a McDonalds lately? Does anyone working there speak English? One of the many ironies blowing away conservative arguments in favor of low wages is that minimum wage positions tend to be filled by the immigrant workers they so despise. This isn’t a new phenomenon. Low-wage jobs go to workers who have the least choice of jobs, and those people tend to be recently-arrived foreigners.

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    Roger Rabbit spews:

    Even if the $15 minimum wage were here right now, which it isn’t, I wouldn’t work for that. In fact, I won’t work at all. Why should I? I’m a capitalist now, living off the fat of the land. I don’t have to work. So you know what you can do with your $15-an-hour job.