Tag Archives: Seattle

WA: Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns after latest child sex abuse allegation

Source: CNN

“Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation Tuesday, hours after new sexual abuse allegations surfaced against the embattled politician. Murray, a Democrat and the city’s first openly gay mayor, said he was resigning effective 5 p.m. Wednesday so the scandal would no longer overshadow his office. The mayor’s announcement comes after his cousin gave an interview with the Seattle Times alleging abuse, the latest in a series of similar accusations. The cousin is the fifth person to publicly accuse Murray of child sexual abuse since a lawsuit was filed against him in April. Murray denied the allegations, as he has in the past. Previously, he called them part of a political effort to stymy his progressive agenda and support for LGBTQ and immigrant rights.” (09/12/17)

http://www.cnn.com/2017/09/12/us/seattle-mayor-ed-murray-resigns/index.html

Why Seattle’s minimum wage law is now destroying wages

Source: Acton Institute
by Dylan Pahman

“The first phase raised Seattle’s minimum wage from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015 with relatively no negative effect on unemployment or hours worked. So why is the second phase different? According to Ben Casselman and Kathryn Casteel at FiveThirtyEight, ‘In high-cost Seattle, not many workers earned less than $11 an hour even before the law took effect.’ … The point where minimum wages become relevant is where they are no longer below the labor market’s natural equilibrium, where supply freely meets demand. The difference between the first and second phases of the Seattle Minimum Wage Ordinance demonstrates this basic economic reality. Fixing prices on anything will have no effect so long as the price is below what buyers and sellers would freely agree to on their own anyway. However, when that is not the case, we end up with supply surpluses.” (06/28/17)

https://acton.org/pub/commentary/2017/06/28/why-seattles-minimum-wage-law-now-destroying-wages

Seattle surprise: When you raise prices by government diktat, people usually buy less

Source: Reason
by Nick Gillespie

“Three years ago, the city of Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour, in the name of human decency and basic fairness. The minimum wage went from $9.47 to $11 per hour in 2015, and then to $13 per hour in 2016. Similar policies have been enacted or considered in countless other cities. Critics argued that boosting wages by bureaucratic diktat rather than increases in worker productivity or market demand would lead to fewer hours and fewer jobs for low-income and low-skill workers. Now what The Washington Post calls a ‘very credible’ study from researchers at the University of Washington’s School of Public Policy and Governance finds that the critics were right. … The findings may surprise progressives who believe that the only limit to increasing pay for workers is the greed and selfishness of business owners, but they don’t come as a surprise to people who recognize that the law of supply and demand can’t be abolished by city councils.” (06/27/17)

http://reason.com/blog/2017/06/27/seattle-surprise-when-you-raise-prices-b