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The $15.00 Per Hour Minimum Wage in Burien
Burien's business districts are mostly small and micro businesses. We must protect all of our businesses and shield them from the attempted strong hold over Burien by Union Management that want to force 15NOW on Burien.
Regarding the popular "Living Wage" talking point. $15.00 per hour is NOT a living wage, at least not in Burien. This characterization is deceptive and patently false. It does not address the very real problems for low wage workers that result from forcing this minimum wage on businesses.
Minimum Wages Target Workers, Not the Poor – Minimum wage policies affect people wth traditional, wage-paying jobs.
The problem with this is that the class of low-wage workers and the class of poor people only partially overlap. There are large segments of the poor that receive no direct benefit at all from the minimum wage – the unemployed, stay-at-home parents, rideshare drivers and other “gig” employees, etc.
And there are a large number of low-wage workers – think teenagers living at home with their parents – who aren’t poor. If the goal of minimum wage policies is to fight poverty, then targeting low-wage workers is a relatively ineffective way of achieving that goal.
Minimum Wages Hurt Marginalized Groups – Let’s put aside the question of whether minimum wages laws create unemploymentfor the moment.
Even if they don’t affect overall levels of unemployment, minimum wage laws almost certainly change the composition of unemployment.
Minimum wage laws create a barrier to getting a job that the privileged are better able to overcome than the underprivileged. When jobs are scarce, then immigrants, workers with few skills or little education, and those with limited English proficiency, are going to have a harder time convincing employers that their labor is worth $15 an hour than their better-skilled, native, English-speaking competitors.
As Thomas Leonard has recently shown, un-employing such marginalized groups was regarded as part of the point of minimum wage laws by early 20th century “progressives” who saw the minimum wage as a useful tool for keeping immigrants, blacks, and women out of the labor market. But the effect hasn’t changed in the last 100 years, even if our moral evaluation of it has.
Ron Unz still regardsthe unemployment of immigrants as a positive effect of minimum wage laws)
Some Minimum Wages Cause Unemployment – The standard economist’s argument against minimum wage laws is that by increasing the cost of labor, they reduce the demand for it. In other words, they create unemployment.
Ever since Card and Krueger’s 1997 study, economists have been somewhat mixed on whether minimum wage laws actually have this effect in practice. But – here’s the important thing – the studies that have caused economists to doubt the unemployment effects of a minimum wage have focused on minimum wages much lower than $15/hour. Obviously, there’s some point at which a minimum wage is going to start causing unemployment – otherwise, why not set it at $100 an hour? Many economists –even those who support a minimum wage in principle – believe that $15 crosses the line.
Results show that Seattle employers had indeed decreased payroll to compensate for the higher minimum wage by letting employees go, reducing their hours, or putting off planned hiring. The costs to unskilled workers outweighed the benefits three to one.
UW researchers say the higher minimum wage caused employers to cut hours for low-wage workers by an average of 9 percent, against a 3 percent increase in income from of the law. The result, they say, is an average net loss for workers of $125 per month--a significant amount for someone at the lower end of the economic spectrum.
I will not support a failed, progressive, strategic experiment designed to appear compassionate when it is anything but compassionate. The solution to low wages is a robust economy, free of government over-regulation and interference, not an unworkable $15.00 minimum wage that will cost workers.
Burien as a Sanctuary City
Sanctuary City policies defy the Federal laws to which state and local governments are legally bound. Choosing which Federal Laws a city will enforce or ignore is a very slippery slope and can cost Burien needed revenues for our police department, to say nothing of added risk to our citizenry.
Burien becoming a "Sanctuary City changes nothing in the way our Burien Police Department is directed to do its job. It may in fact create an influx of illegal immigration and may also create a false sense of security of these illegal immigrants who may feel they are "safe" in Burien. The reality is ICE works mostly autonomous and relies on local Police to assist only when they need back-up. This policy is nothing more than political grandstanding and is NOT in Burien's best interests.
8 U.S. Code § 1373 states that "a Federal, State, or local government entity or official may not prohibit, or in any way restrict, any government entity or official from sending to, or receiving from, the Immigration and Naturalization Service information regarding the citizenship or immigration status, lawful or unlawful, of any individual."  The Department of Justice requires that most recipients of federal grant money certify their compliance with all federal laws.   Sanctuary cities, by not asking about, recording, and submitting to the federal government the immigration statuses of residents, are violating federal law and the rules for getting federal grant money.
Illegal Camping and Aggressive Panhandling
We must enforce our ordinances and laws help to achieve the delicate balance between ensuring safety, helping the homeless, and the needs of the community, businesses, residents and stake holders. We must strike a balance between addressing the needs & concerns of Burien's homeless population and their illegal camping by helping them find solutions that can change their lives. There is a lot of help and available, but sadly, ,any prefer living on the streets accepting handouts.
At the same time, we must address the legitimate community concerns this presents,
Vagrants & panhandlers loitering in our businesses doorways & storefronts.
Blocking sidewalks and public rights-of-way,
Garbage and drug paraphernalia that is left behind when this behavior goes unchecked.
Enabling those who choose a life on the streets is neither compassionate, nor is it responsible. Panhandling isn't a job. I will support an Anti-Panhandling ordinance. Our drivers, children, elderly as well as every pedestrian deserve distraction free intersections.
Illegal Camping- Drugs & crime are major factors to consider when deciding on a "sanctioned" or unsanctioned encampment. These encampments have a negative impact on the community. Shelters are available. Help is available. I do not support sanctioning homeless encampments.
Safe Injection Sites
Safe Injection Sites started in Canada and are now in Seattle. Will this be Burien in five years? Not if I'm elected.
Many simply cannot believe we are seriously considering enabling heroin addicts by providing them with government funded heroin and government funded injection sites in the name of safety and compassion. This has not worked in Canada and it will not work in Washington State.
I oppose Safe injection Sites and a Government Sanctioned & Funded heroin supply.
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