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  •  I'm tired of us trying to entice business (1+ / 0-)
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    jbsoul

    to give people a raise!

    I mean over my lifetime I've seen tons and tons of things the gov't has done to shift cost of employees from businesses to gov't, and have not seen business reciprocate by making working conditions, hours, wages or benefits better.

    I think in the absence of unions we have to go ahead with mandates.

    •  I differentiate between (0+ / 0-)

      all businesses and small businesses, because I think that small business is unfairly disadvantaged in most communities by economies of scale.

      My local hardware store is where I really want to shop, but since they opened up the Lowes--which, by the way, pays above minimum wage and offers affordable benefits to it's staff--my local store has announced it cant' afford to stay open.

      My brother wanted to open his own small business making sunrooms and upgrading backyard patios when he retires shortly at the age of 54.  He's a liberal Democrat. He wants to hire good people and pay them well, but as he is doing the numbers, he's not sure he could afford to do that. What if he could deduct the difference between our state's $8/hr minimum wage and the $20 he would be willing to pay a very hard working young person or two?

      How is that a bad way to entice business?

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