What happens when you raise Minimum wage
Who pays minimum wage these days?
Grocery stores, gas stations, supermarkets,department stores,hardware stores. Pretty much any place you shop for things you want, need or are giving as a gift. To begin with.
If you owned any of those businesses, let’s say a small grocery store, and you have an average yearly personal income of say $100,000. Which is a nice income. You have achieved a nice status finally.. Right? Now say your business has a yearly gross income (before overhead,restock) of say $450,000. Take out what you spend every year on supplies and groceries to the store. $250,000. You are left with $200,000 to split between you and your employees. Who each make $8 an hour. You have 6 employees. They each make a few cents more than Minimum wage right now
Now someone steps up and smiles to the crowd and waves slowly to the people and says “Let’s raise minimum wage to $9 across the country!!!” .. and then it happens.. They do it.
Now your employees are making minimum wage. but where does that extra dollar an hour per employee come from? Do you take it from your total? I mean you mastermind the whole damn company from a garage sale to a small grocery store, you do all of the back scene work, you pay the the sales taxes , the property taxes, take care of wages and ordering of restocking your shelves. You might wish you could. but why would you? It’s yours. Your 20 years of growing that company to make enough money to employ 6 people at slightly more than minimum wage. why would you take from your own pocket?Heck no. You just promised your daughter you would buy her that Volvo the neighbor is selling. and your son just got a girlfriend and wants to take her to a movie eventually. Your wife hates that Diy expansion you tried to do on the house that leaks wind and rain so you have to call a professional before the house breaks in half. Heck no you don’t dig from your own income to pay this and you can’t steal from the company’s income, or that would kill the company and keep it from growing and employing a larger group of people. Especially when all you have to do is raise your prices on your products so that your company’s average daily income, exceeds the new cost of daily overhead. So you can keep employing 6 people and so that you keep a steady income. Why would everyone get a raise and you take a hit? For the first 15 years, you ran that store night and day by yourself with no help and nearly went bankrupt just about every year.
Reality of the change
The known fact of this, is everyone will raise their costs. There is not one single company that will not be forced to raise their prices. If you think that just the store you buy from is raising their prices and are evil tyrants. You might want to pay attention to the line from production to sale.
Manufacture raises price to cover new cost.
Shipping to distributors raises cost to cover new cost from manufacturer, and new cost in fuel and the cost of employees.
Now it hits the store and the price gets raised to cover raised fee from manufacturer, distributor’s fuel, because of course he gets his fuel from a place that pays people minimum wage and his employee overhead. Now it hits your hands and the cost to your store now covers 4 people’s income increases. Which now makes it even harder to purchase than it was before the raise in minimum wage.
Now look at how many times that item has been sold at a greater cost before it gets to you. Now look at all of the incomes that have increased before it gets to you. Each one of those incomes are in a higher tax bracket, and sales tax on a more expensive item is greater.
It would be easy to digest this if you only had to buy one item. but no. You are a human and need… NEED more than one item. Milk, Toilet paper,Gasoline, Bread, Shoes, socks, toothpaste, soap etc. Everything gets a price hike like this. The price increase is not just 1-3 pennies per item that gets this hike. It’s 1-3 cents per employee who handles said item. So by the time it gets to the store, the item has now gone up 12 cents. Your weekly groceries go up from $50 a week to $56 (per adult in your household). Medical insurance from $32 a week to $37 a week. Your gasoline goes up from $35 to $45 a week. Your electric bill goes up from $80 a month to $88 a month. Car insurance goes up from $88 a month to $95 a month. and your 99 cents value menu just jumped to $1.09 an item. In the end, after all of the things you normally buy, you are now digging deeper in your pocket to buy it all because of the increases in all of your items. You are now further in debt than you were before. because the cost of living increases in excess of your new budget.
Other issues to face:
If you had to pay people more and couldn’t raise your prices, wouldn’t you pay less people to do the same amount of work?
What happens to the people who currently make what minimum wage is planned to come to, but these people are somewhat skilled in their labor? Should they be forced to make the same as minimum wage people who have zero skill requirement jobs? Trust that no employer would be obligated to give their employees who make more than minimum wage more money just because they have to give their minimum wage employees more money. .
Wouldn’t it be fair to say “EVERYONE GETS A RAISE NOW” ? Who pays that? Where does this money come from?
So if you are wondering what happens to people who were already making more than minimum wage, The answer is nothing less than suffer the increase in costs and their trials and tribulations getting out of minimum wage, was for nothing.
The only one to benefit in the end, is the person who raised the the income to motivate more taxes being paid, and YOU the minimum wage employee are struggling harder. because gas prices are higher on you. Grocery costs are higher on you, and you still have a life you want to better. It isn’t though.
For further knowledge
Here’s some resources
If you will notice, incomes 1963 compared to recent, and the cost of a home in 63 and recent.. End result is, cost of overhead increases cost of products across all fields.
You can always look for a new job that might pay more than minimum wage.
National Average Incomes If you were wondering.
Average American home costs.
Since the early to mid seventies, the cost of a median house has been 5 times the average yearly income. (with exceptions of times of war and weird oil freak outs).