Been meaning to post this video for a couple days:
When San Jose voters went to the polls in 2012 to consider a ballot measure raising the city's minimum wage to $10 an hour—a 25 percent increase above California's $8 an hour state minimum wage—opponents decried the dire economic consequences. Jobs would be lost, shopkeepers would shut their doors, and businesses would flee across the street to nearby Cupertino, voters were warned.
So what sort of disaster actually befell San Jose businesses after voters approved the measure by a 60-40 margin? KIRO-7's Essex Porter went down to San Jose to find out:
The owner of Philz Coffee, Nick Taptelis, faced a decision when the minimum wage went up 25 percent. He decided to keep price increases to a minimum, instead focusing on training his 26 employees to deliver high quality service, and then enticing them to stay with a starting wage of $11 an hour, a dollar more than required.
“If you want everybody happy, satisfied, great customer service, sometimes you have to sacrifice a dollar,” he said. Taptelis says business growth has more than paid for the additional cost.
As head of the San Jose Downtown Association, Scott Knies has seen the effects of the higher minimum.
“In some cases businesses put folks on part time, they lost benefits,” he said. A solid opponent of the higher minimum wage before the vote, Knies led the business community in making “lemonade out of lemons,” creating a marketing campaign to keep customers in San Jose. He says downtown did not lose any business because of the higher minimum wage.
You know, in the same way that Washington's $9.32 an hour minimum wage hasn't caused businesses to flee across the border to exploit Idaho's $7.25 minimum.
Yes, I know, $10 isn't $15, so maybe businesses here will have a tougher time adjusting. Or maybe not. The point is, San Jose voters quickly discovered that the fear-mongering of minimum wage opponents was totally unfounded.