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Fight for $15 beating the hell out of small business, working poor

Empower Wisconsin | Dec. 3,  2019

The Del Rio Diner, a Brooklyn, N.Y. greasy spoon staple for four decades, was forced to close in 2016. 

Later this month, Opa! Opa!, a Sacramento, Calif., Greek restaurant will do the same. 

The popular eateries are among the many restaurants having to make difficult choices in the wake of state-mandated wage increases. 

“The minimum-wage law was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” Larry Georgeton, owner of the Brooklyn diner told the New York Post. “We’d need to raise the burger to $9 from $6.45. I don’t want to do that to my customers. They’ve been good to me. These are middle-class people.” 

Such stories seem to mean little to the Fight for $15 crowd busy lobbying liberal lawmakers to jack up state minimum wages — often at the peril of the working poor they profess to protect. 

As a new year looms, 2020 could deliver more small business tragedies in the 24 states and the District of Columbia raising their minimum wages effective New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day, writes Michael Saltsman for Fox Business. 

Set artificial, government-mandated wage increases and businesses close, taking critical jobs with them. 

Labor unions and their allies are cheering the policy change, but the evidence shows unreasonable wage floors are no cause for celebration — they are, in fact, destroying restaurant scenes in some of the best-known dining towns from coast to coast,” asserts Saltsman, managing director at the Employment Policies Institute. 

The organization has documented dozens of examples from coast to coast at Faces of $15. 

Golden Gate Restaurant Association member Laurie Thomas told Saltsman that data from YELP shows “restaurant closures (in the city) have begun to outpace openings by nine percent.” 

One business owner, according to Saltsman, was blunt: “Just opening or trying to adapt your business (In San Francisco)… it puts the Soviet Union to shame.

Read more at Foxbusiness.com. 

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