Minimum wage increases are being enacted in cities across the country, from SeaTac, Washington, to Washington, D.C. Wherever a hike is proposed, free market conservatives offer the same dire warnings: Raising the minimum wage will increase unemployment, depress growth and hurt workers.
The latest example is Seattle, where Mayor Ed Murray finds himself under pressure from the city’s businesses after supporting the widely popular campaign for a $15 per hour minimum wage, which he signed after the city council approved it June 2. Writing about the $15 proposal in Forbes, Jeffrey Dorfman warned that “Seattle’s economy will be hurt by this policy, and so will some low skill workers who will lose their jobs thanks to the people claiming to be helping them.” In The Seattle Times, Maxford Nelson wrote that raising the minimum wage would lead to “reduced business spending, higher prices and decreased employment.” Chiming in at the national level, House Speaker John Boehner said, “When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it.”

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