The city of Minneapolis just approved a measure to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and despite the nearly endless pile of studies proving such an idea to be a very, very bad one, a congressman from the state of Minnesota decided to celebrate in an unusual manner.He broke out into song, and it’s just as painful as you’re probably imagining.
According to TheBlaze, The Minneapolis City Council approved Friday a plan to implement a $15 minimum wage, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune. U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was so excited over the development that he sang in celebration.
According to the Star Tribune, the $15 minimum wage will be fully implemented in the city by 2024, but larger businesses with more than 100 employees will have to comply sooner.
In a video posted on his Twitter account, Ellison appeared elated by the news. He sang a cover of “Money (That’s What I Want),” adding lyrics about the wage hike.“I’ve been marching for my 15, getting paid now that’s what I need, I need money, that’s what I want, yeah, I need money, that’s what I want,” Ellison sings in the video.
The Minneapolis City Council just approved raising the minimum wage to $15!
That's such good news, I had to sing a song to celebrate. pic.twitter.com/puxBV8lA7G
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) June 30, 2017
Every dog in the neighborhood will start barking like mad if you play this video with the speakers on, so be warned.A recent study in Seattle that exposed the horrid effects of such a hike in the minimum wage, and it was so damaging to the left-wing narrative, liberals actually attempted to keep it buried.
As we reported here, an explosive University of Washington study found that by the time the wage hit $13 an hour (the $15 an hour minimum wage is being phased in), Seattle’s low-wage workers lost $179 a month on average due to job losses and reductions in hours worked. That amounts to $1,500 a year.
So what was the response of the Seattle socialists in response to these findings? They acknowledged the study contradicted their goals – and then paid a left-wing economist to produce and rush-publish a faux study extolling the benefits of Seattle’s minimum wage because the University of Washington study was publicized. But of course.
Will it be any different in Minneapolis? Unlikely.
A hike in the minimum wage increases the cost of doing business for many folks, which means they have to find some way to offset the additional expense, usually by passing it on to the customer, increasing the price of goods and services or laying off less qualified, entry-level workers.
Even worse, jobs become automated, or businesses no longer expand.
In short, this isn’t something worth celebrating, and the effects that occur over time will be plain for all to see soon enough.
Good luck Keith. And don’t give up your day job. Or maybe on second thought…
[Note: This article was written by Michael Cantrell]