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CNN has an interesting story about the minimum wage debate, focusing on what some would suggest is an anomaly…though an undeniable one.

The argument against an increase in the minimum wage - from sources that include the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) - is that it will ultimately cost jobs; the nonpartisan CBO projects that "while gradually raising the federal minimum wage to $10.10 would lift 900,000 out of poverty, it could also mean the loss of 500,000 jobs."

However, it also is a fact that "in Washington state, small businesses are adding jobs faster than any other state in the country, according to a report from Paychex and IHS. It’s also the state where the minimum wage, at $9.32 per hour, is the highest … Not only was Washington the strongest state, San Francisco - with a minimum wage of $10.74, the country’s highest - had the greatest job gains in the past year among cities measured."
KC's View:
Part of the advantage that places like Washington State and San Francisco have is a dependence on a technology-driven economy … they are places where a rising tide seems to be lifting a lot of boats. Though not all of them, to be sure … both places have seen plenty of reports about income disparity.

The thing is, the income disparity issue is not one that can simply be solved by increasing the minimum wage. It strikes me as typical of this country that we look at real problems created by a vanishing middle class and the enormous (and growing) chasm between the top five percent and everybody else, and the argument focuses on the minimum wage.

You can't boil down systemic cultural and socio-economic issues to a couple of bucks per hour. Not to say that a couple of bucks per hour can't have an impact, but it is a band-aid.