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Chart: 57 percent of small business owners want minimum wage raised to $10.10 an hour.
A majority of small business owners want to see the minimum wage raised to $10.10 an hour and then tied to inflation, according to a new poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Small Business Majority. Not only did 57 percent of small business owners say they think the minimum wage should be raised, but 61 percent of those in the typically low-wage retail and restaurant industries agreed.

Aside from basic morality, these business owners have good reasons for supporting a minimum wage increase:

More than half of small business owners (52%) agree with this statement: “Increasing the minimum wage would be good for small businesses. It means people will have a higher percentage of their income to spend on goods and services and it is proven that low-wage earners tend to spend money at local businesses who will be able to grow and hire new workers.” What’s more, more than one-third (35%) say raising the minimum wage would help make their business more competitive because business competitors won’t be able to undercut them on labor costs.
Since 82 percent of those surveyed said they pay all of their employees more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, the concerns about being undercut by competitors could be significant.

While Greenberg Quinlan Rosner is a (highly respected) Democratic polling firm, the small business owners polled actually leaned Republican: 47 percent were Republican to just 35 percent Democrat.

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Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 11:58 AM PST.

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  •  I was going to say (8+ / 0-)

    that the two most obvious reasons to support it are one, that it tends to result in more money being spent on these same businesses by better-paid workers, and two, it makes it harder for national chains to undercut their prices.

    Next up, making it easier for small businesses and individuals to form buying associations to be able to negotiate lower costs and better compete with national chains that already have this ability on their own.

    Also, anti-collusion, artificial shortage & price fixing laws and enforcement.

    And of course stronger unions, including ones for temps.

    "Reagan's dead, and he was a lousy president" -- Keith Olbermann 4/22/09

    by kovie on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:04:48 PM PST

  •  Count this small business owner in. (10+ / 0-)

    We have always paid more than minimum wage and just last month raised our own minimum wage to $10.50 an hour. We want to stay ahead of the curve if we can.  I agree completely that more money in people's pockets means they can spend more in the local economy.

    A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit. - Greek proverb

    by marleycat on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:26:10 PM PST

  •  Small business here (9+ / 0-)

    Support minimum wage increase precisely so that we can't be so easily undercut by heavily-subsidized-by-all-levels-of-government chains and big boxes.

    We also need to close the sales tax loophole that allows people to avoid sales taxes in many states on their Internet purchases.

    We don't mind competing with the Internet on service, but we pay a lot of taxes that Amazon doesn't (we pay property taxes; they get tax abatements for their warehouses) and it's ridiculous that their customers don't have to pay sales tax.

  •  Well, that settles it (3+ / 0-)

    We need to break up big business into millions of small businesses. ^_^ Anything that we can't break up should be a regulated utility.

    The serious version is that we need a competitive economy, in which no company has excessive economic or political power, and everybody competes on quality, price, and service. Then we can discuss government services and regulation on an evidence-based cost/benefit basis, not on the made-up versions so often put forward now.

    We do not want the hallucinatory Market Fundamentalist Free Market that the 1% tell the rest of us is so good for us that they will lie, cheat, and steal to get it for themselves.

    Back off, man. I'm a logician.—GOPBusters™

    by Mokurai on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 12:59:10 PM PST

  •  a fundamental theme, more money to spend (3+ / 0-)

    in those same businesses.

    That is terrific framing, indeed!

    This machine kills Fascists.

    by KenBee on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:11:05 PM PST

  •  This poll should be forwarded to Manchin, Pryor (3+ / 0-)

    and Landrieu.  Between the Senate filibuster and the House's composition, it's an uphill battle at best.  There's no excuse, however, for publicly wavering by any Dem on this issue.

    We need to get our own house in order as a basic starting point.

    Some men see things as they are and ask why. I dream of things that never were and ask why not?

    by RFK Lives on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 01:12:23 PM PST

  •  Demand Creates Jobs (0+ / 0-)

    raising the minimum wage increases demand

    Politics is like driving. To go backward put it in R. To go forward put it in D.
    Drop by The Grieving Room on Monday nights to talk about grief.

    by TrueBlueMajority on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 03:25:25 PM PST

  •  As a small business owner (0+ / 0-)

    I already pay more than $10.10 an hour to my 3 employees. Time for big business to pay a fair wage also.

    Dogs and Philosophers do the greatest good and get the fewest rewards (Diogenes)

    by Out There on Fri Mar 07, 2014 at 06:24:53 PM PST

  •  No surprise. Minimum wage hikes poll high. (0+ / 0-)

    And they bring out voters:

        Alaska Minimum Wage Increase (2014)
        Arkansas Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
        California Minimum Wage Increase Initiative (2014)
        California Minimum Wage Home Health Workers (2014)
        Idaho Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
        Massachusetts Minimum Wage Increase Initiative (2014)
        Michigan Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
        Missouri Minimum Wage Initiative (2014)
        New Mexico Minimum Wage Amendment (2014)
        South Dakota Increased Minimum Wage Measure (2014)

  •  Speaking up for minimum wage in GA (2+ / 0-)
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    TRPChicago, BenFranklin99

    Up against five "No increases!" Republicans (Broun, Gingrey, Handel, Kingston and Perdue) at the NFIB Small Business Conference in Atlanta, only Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Dr. Rad fought for increasing the minimum wage. The Atlanta political reporter who covered the story called it "Daniel in the Lion's Den." That's the kind of courageous advocacy we need in D.C.!

  •  great ammo - whenever minimum wage comes up (1+ / 0-)
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    locally or nationally one can hear the radio gods lying about how small business owners don't like it and how it hurts small business

    This is a list of 76 universities for Rush Limbaugh that endorse global warming denial, racism, sexism, and GOP lies by broadcasting sports on over 170 Limbaugh radio stations.

    by certainot on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 02:37:52 PM PST

  •  Sure, small businesses approve because it would (3+ / 0-)

    mean that the large national chains would also have to pay higher wages and so their prices would go up and couldn't undercut the mom and pop places.  It makes sense and I'm surprised it is not way higher.  

  •  If you don't pay your workers a living wage... (4+ / 0-)

    Then you aren't an employer. You're a guy asking people to do you a favor by working for less than they need, and pretending you're doing them a favor by letting them do so.

  •  And, the dolts on the other side couldn't (1+ / 0-)
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    seem to get it through their heads that:

    Extending unemployment insurance is a vital component when there is a economic recession/depression we are trying to climb out of.

    It is money in the pocket of people who use their few dollars to support their neighborhood businesses.  Without this boost the recovery is a more painful and longer process for many.

    Raising the minimum wage does have a positive effect, as well as getting help to people who need it via unemployment as well as SNAP.

    •  Yes, that's actually the primary purpose of (0+ / 0-)

      unemployment insurance: it's not so much a social welfare program as an economic stabilization program. We have it so that unemployment doesn't beget further unemployment. Making unemployed people tighten their belts too much hurts the businesses that depend on them, leading to layoffs or failures or just lowered hiring that in turn creates more unemployed people. Putting more money in the pockets of the unemployed disrupts that downward spiral.

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:06:58 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  I am all for raising the minimum wagw but (1+ / 0-)
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    if that statement in the blockquote was actually read to those polled, then this poll is not sound.

    “Increasing the minimum wage would be good for small businesses. It means people will have a higher percentage of their income to spend on goods and services and it is proven that low-wage earners tend to spend money at local businesses who will be able to grow and hire new workers.”

    That is a pretty loaded way to ask a poll question.

    Romney: Believe in (half of) America

    by kmoros on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 03:46:50 PM PST

    •  It's reasonable in the context of asking (0+ / 0-)

      "some people say this; do you agree with them?"

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:09:26 PM PST

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  •  For all the above stated reasons (0+ / 0-)

    to increase minimum wage, also know that a regressive tax structure inhibits growth and movement up the class ladder.

    Taxes on food, fuel, or anything that affect low income people are a larger burden on that exact group. Local business owners know more local dollars in local pockets stimulates local business activity.

    A progressive tax structure (spread the burden, not the rate) across all groups and all groups flourish. Maintain a regressive tax system, and the poor stay poor, and struggle to advance.

    Suddenly, it dawns on me, Earnest T. Bass is the intellectual and philosophical inspiration of the TeaParty.

    by Nebraska68847Dem on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 03:47:50 PM PST

  •  Many polls show this (0+ / 0-)

    I am excited to see the results of this poll.  Many, many polls show the same thing especially when they're polling your average Joe or Jane on the street.  

    Republicans are losing on this issue.

  •  I DO NOT UNDERSTAND!!! (0+ / 0-)

    Why the hell doesn't a major chain ... maybe Dominos Pizza or Burger King ... one of them ... make a business decision that would make them billions of freaking dollars.

    We pay our employees $14 an hour ... and anyone working over 20 hours received health insurance.
    C'mon down to Burger King. We believe it's the right thing to do.

    My God ... I would never go anywhere else ... for a pizza or a fast food burger, or whatever.

    •  That only works if you have a very strong (0+ / 0-)

      brand advantage over your competitors. If you're competing solely on price, as in most commodity fields, then most of the increased spending money in people's pockets will go to them, rather than you (that's why Apple's been the target of most of the campaigns regarding cheap Chinese labor; they're pretty much the only company in their market that wouldn't lose much revenue if they adopted better practices while their competitors didn't)..

      That's why we need regulation to level the playing field; right now we have a situation where if all businesses Do The Right Thing, they'll all benefit, but if some of them do and some of them don't, the ones who do will get hurt and the ones who don't will gain. Think game theory and all that. Also think the "free rider problem" and "moral hazard".

      Unfortunately when smart and educated people get crazy ideas they can come up with plausibly truthy arguments. -- Andrew F Cockburn

      by ebohlman on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 05:19:03 PM PST

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