Sunday, February 11, 2007

Minimum Wage Causing AZ Unemployment Rise

What? Raising the minimum wage leads to higher unemployment? Why didn't anyone tell us?

Sometimes it's a burden to constantly be right, but somehow we conservatives survive. No surprise here: The Arizona Republic is reporting that teens across the state are being fired as employers are forced to cut spending due to recent increases in the minimum wage:

Oh, for the days when Arizona's high school students could roll pizza dough, sweep up sticky floors in theaters or scoop ice cream without worrying about ballot initiatives affecting their earning power.

That's certainly not the case under the state's new minimum-wage law that went into effect last month.

Some Valley employers, especially those in the food industry, say payroll budgets have risen so much that they're cutting hours, instituting hiring freezes and laying off employees.