Voters in SeaTac, a city of about 29,000, may have approved an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour:

The SeaTac ‘Good Jobs Initiative’ to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for workers in Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and at airport-related businesses was winning 54-46%, with 3,283 votes counted Tuesday night.

Many are expressing surprise and happiness about the economically illiterate measure:

Others are not as happy. Most economists agree that mandating a high minimum wage depresses employment among employees who have few skills and need entry-level positions to gain those skills. Most likely, the increased labor costs will be passed on to consumers, making SeaTac businesses less able to compete with competitors located in nearby cities.

With proponents declaring this the start of a national trend, all eyes are on SeaTac:

The founders wanted local governments to conduct experiments in political administration. It will be interesting to see how this one works out.

  • Thomas Purcell

    combined with the cuts to Medicare reimbursement…

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      They will learn soon enough when businesses fire workers or shut their doors over the massive increase in wages.

      • conservativechick

        I’m bummed that McDonald’s already got rid of their dollar menu! Fast food will be fast, just not cheap any longer. Flipping burgers is now a career. Who knew!

        • snowleopard (the true one)

          Obama and the Fascists – they want two distinct classes of people, the rich leftists and a permanent lower class of serfs made up of everyone else.

      • Jay Stevens

        People need to be careful what they wish for. At some point, automation becomes cost effective.

    • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      & our health care will be provided by the lowest bidder.

    • Infinite_Indeterminism

      Early returns – what’s the word later in the count ?

      • ked5

        wa has vote by mail. wait a few days. there are less than 4500 votes counted in a city of 29,000.

  • jody

    there go all the jobs out of this stupid town. those celebrating their new found big payday will be greeted with “You’re Fired”. Ha!

    • BoostedSRT

      yeah and now small businesses will be forced to pay HS kids 15$ an hour…and then move to the next county/town over….

      • ked5

        sea-tac is a small town. businesses will leave or close. vendors in the airport will also probably close.

    • snowleopard (the true one)

      Elections have consequences, and the harvest will be pain-filled and hard upon those idiots who voted for this massive seizure of business owners earned income.

      • RogueRose

        They just made it cheaper to invest in the available technology to replace all those low skilled workers… when you can be replaced by a touch screen and a card swipe, perhaps you should be grateful you have a job.

        • Tomclint

          This will encourage replacing employees with tech everywhere.

    • Cochetope

      Unfortunately, in all their stupidity, they will just blame the “greedy” corporations for not wanting to pay up and closing shop and it is purely a vindictive move. Never mind that they can’t afford to pay.

  • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

    Good luck keeping a private business.
    Good luck opening a private business.
    Good luck with your Fascist, Socialist, Communist life.

  • NRPax

    “Lead story today, a record number of businesses have surprisingly closed their doors and employment rates have dropped in the SeaTac region.”

  • mapache

    let us know in six months how that works out for you.

    • GaryTheBrave

      Starting January a lot of businesses will put up signs saying, “Moving Sale! Come visit our new location in Kent.”

  • GaryTheBrave

    The article says that the wage will apply to airport jobs and “airport-related” businesses. Hmmm…if a tourist gets off a flight, walks over to the porn shop across the street, would that make it an “airport-related” business?

    • mapache

      does he take the mag into the airplane bathroom?

      • M C

        Yeah he was hoping to get the stall next to Larry Craig. Play a little footsie first, then possibly a friendly game of hide the salami. LOL

  • Erik Bartlam

    I see “Sherman’s March on ATL” is as classy as his namesake.

  • conservativemomma

    just think about the workers who started at min and are now making $12 per hr…do you think they will be happy with the $15 that every new worker will be paid ?

    • DWAAP

      Exactly, though the companies will have to comply in raising their wage. But bet they do not go over that wage for any future raises.


    WOW, well, $15.00 an hour will only increase the cost of living, where do these people think the cost of raising the wage will come from. The companies also have to factor in obamacare, and now this! Idiots, the consumer will pay for the high cost of this win! Guessing many businesses will leave this city/county. Great job!

    • Jill

      It will also reduce the lowly skilled worker’s access to key social service/entitlement programs thereby decreasing their standard of living. May they all reap what they have sown.

    • LisaG

      They have no idea where it will come from, and they frankly don’t give a rat’s patootie. To ask that question is to expect these myopic imbeciles to focus on something beyond the end of their own noses.

    • Spiny Norman

      …where do these people think the cost of raising the wage will come from.

      They think ALL employers, big and small, are sitting on huge piles of cash, the damn greedy, hoarding bastiges.

    • ked5

      sea-tac is a small city of 29,000 that incorporated to keep the tax revenue the county was getting.

  • JeffWRidge

    Why only at the airport? Do the people of this community hate the minimum wage workers in the town proper? For that matter, why stop at $15.00 an hour minimum wage. Why not make it a hundred dollars/hr? Or a thousand dollars/hr?

    After the price of everything at the airport sky rockets, $15.00/hr won’t mean a thing because all of the jobs will go away. When no one can afford the price of a bottle of soda pop, much less buy plane tickets, and the airport closes, then it won’t matter what the minimum wage is.

    • ICOYAR

      It’ll be pretty soon, the way the economy is going.

      Hell, they’ll be making a billion dollars an hour!

      • whateverdear

        Which will be exactly the cost of a loaf of bread, considering how much money we’re printing.

    • Orwellian_Dilemma

      Apparently it’s easier to rip off the tourists than the locals.

      • Thale Taxurfeet

        “Apparently it’s easier to rip off the tourists than the locals.”

        That it is. Then again, wars are usually the end result of scaling up that booty acquisition technique.

        Things that make a person say, hmmmmm…

    • Spiny Norman

      After the price of everything at the airport sky rockets, $15.00/hr won’t mean a thing because all of the jobs will go away.

      Yep. One word: a u t o m a t i o n.

    • ked5

      sea-tac is the very small city where the airport is. they incorporated to take control from the county – and keep tax revenues.

  • David

    I hope they enjoy paying $23 for a happy meal at Mickey D’s now.

    • Leende

      Guess I will start breaking it to my 6 year old grandson that happy meal’s might not be his friday after school treat for much longer.

    • LOL

      wtf ARE YOU Talking about?!?! wages ARE LESS Than 1/2 THE COST OF

      • David

        Aaaah, another leftwinger who knows nothing about checks and balances. You obviously don’t know wtf you are talking about.

      • ked5

        well no – the mcd’s in sea-tac will just close.


    The city will have the largest unemployment numbers in the country, as companies move out, and lay off “non essential” workers to keep stores open.

    Also, these same idiots would also vote to have “$1,000,000 for everybody”, without these dumbasses realizing that it’s goddamned hyperinflation.

  • BoostedSRT

    Errrr MA Grrrrrrd $18 value meals at McDonalds!!

  • therantinggeek

    To all you Leftists whom will undoubtedly chime in with your usual comments of “equality”, or anonymously down-vote the previous comments made by those of us on the Right…

    Kindly explain how raising the minimum wage to $15/hr will be beneficial to the local economy. Explain how businesses can cope. Explain how they can keep from passing the price increase to the customers.

    • DWAAP

      They can’t, just as with obamacare, the cost of living in this country will skyrocket. Just as gas prices rose because of Obama raising the gas tax, cost of living rose to where even milk cost as much if not more than gas. libs/dems do not care, they want a society of rich and poor, nothing in the middle!

      • therantinggeek

        Spot on.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      “Oh no, my customer base just all got a raise and now they’ll be able to spend more on my goods and services! I’m going to be ruined!”

      • therantinggeek

        “Oh no, my customer base employees just all got a raise and now they’ll be able to spend more on my goods and services! I’ll have to pay an increased payroll tax! I’m going to be ruined!”

        FIFY, BSA. Unless you’ve actually ran a successful business, don’t bother sticking your nose in where it doesn’t belong. Stay tuned, I’m about to reply to your next comment.

  • stellatruman

    I live in NJ and was disappointed to learn that a bill passed to raise the state min wage passed. If we had a $15 min wage, we would , as business owners go right out of business.

  • USPatriot

    SeaTac = Keep your wallet in your pocket while visiting.

    • DWAAP

      Tourism will decline because of the cost!

      • Taco Boutit

        Just added Seattle to the “List of Places I Will Never Go”.

        • LOL

          we DONT WANT YOU TO COME! Stay out!

          • libsmakemelaugh


  • TomJB

    @NickHanauer “Huge night for prosperity. City of SeaTac raises minimum wage to $15.”

    “Huge night for unintended consequences. City of SeaTac raises minimum wage to $15.” FIFY, Nick

  • stuckinIL4now

    Wonder how this will affect the terminal, gate, landing and other fees the airlines pay and how much gets passed on to airline ticket prices. And good luck finding an affordable cup of coffee or sandwich or magazine at SeaTac. Will they at least be able to afford paying someone to sell lottery tickets–cuz you’re gonna need some lottery cash to navigate that airport.

    • Tommy Fowble

      I was there in July, and it was expensive then. My bet is that they won’t have coffee shops or restaurants there anymore, because I can’t fathom how any business could support 5-10 people at $15 per hour with those kinds of jobs. And I’m sure they’ll blame businesses for leaving.

  • Leende

    Min wages was not intended to be the sole support of families it was to protect teenagers from being taken advantage of in their after school jobs.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Is that what you tell your employees’ kids? “No you can’t eat, your dad isn’t supposed to be able to feed you on what I pay him.”

      • Leende

        Min wage was not made to be sole support of of families. It was to supplement incomes, for Mom while their kids were in school for extra Christmas money for after school teens. It was so fast food and such could not take advantage of working kids. Not until the country was overwelmed with illegals all of a sudden all those jobs disappeared and now min wage is supposed to support families.So if dad wants to feed his kids he better get a education. Then maybe he can get a decent job but I doubt it.

  • Leende

    min wages was not intended to be sole support of a family but to protect teens from being taken advantage of in their after school jobs.

  • Joe Phillips

    Just make being poor illegal! Boom! Problem solved.

  • AdamsParachute

    why only $15 that doesn’t seem like a livable wage, now $40 that sounds better but $60 that would be the real deal. Don’t forget the benefits.

  • WhoDat

    Democracy in action. Love it.

    • Todd Hill

      Yep, and we saw how well union-backed “democracy” worked for Detroit…

    • therantinggeek

      DemocracyLiberalism in action. Love it.


    • MarcusFenix

      There’s a lot of things in actions.

      Question though..when people vote on things you don’t like, does it still count as democracy? I mean, granted…I’m going with the “typical liberal” idea that when they win the system works, but when they don’t, its some huge problem/conspiracy. That’s usually how this plays out.

    • journogal

      Democracy? We are a Constitutional Republic. I dare you to find the word Democray anywhere in what you consider to be that horrible, old, useless, worthless document known as the Constitution.
      By the way, how is this going to paid for and by whom? Why do you have so much hatred to people that have more than you? Before you begin whining about the less fortunate – many are that way because they chose to be. Guess what, simpleton, we all have the same opportunities in life, but what you chose to do with that opportunity is your choice. Not everyone can be rich, not everyone can play sports, etc. There is nothing called equal outcomes. Well, there is, but it involves all of us being poor. Will that make you finally happy if we are all miserable and dependent on the government for every little thing?

      • WhoDat

        Majority rule, a majority spoke here, and that’s democracy.

        I don’t know where you get that tripe about what I believe the Constitution to be.

        There may not be equal outcomes, but don’t you think everyone should at least be on the same field or the same ballpark.

        I don’t think anyone willingly chooses to be poor.

        • journogal

          Everyone has the same field or the same ballpark – i.e., everyone has an opportunity for education through public education. However, what they chose to do with it is up to them. No one can force them to attend classes or take classes seriously.
          Life is unfair in general. There is always going to be someone who is better looking than you, smarter than you, works harder than you – that is the way it is. Government can mandate fairness in life. Government, much to your disappointment, can’t control that, no matter how much you want them to. And sometimes, people work less than you and still gets the promotion, project, etc. It is life.
          No one is stopping anyone form doing anything they want to do. You have the drive, you can figure out a way to get the funds to start your own business, design your own widgets – whatever. It just that some think everything is supposed to be handed to them, not realizing that the majority of business owners and people work their butts off to get where they are today. For some reason, some think that business owners are these wealthy evil people, but they aren’t. Right now they are trying to stay in the black (that means make money, not a racist term before you accuse me of that.)
          Everyone is guarantee life, liberty and the pursuit (look that word up) of happiness, not the guarantee. What you chose to do with those three is up to you and government can’t intervene, unless it intervenes on everyone’s and makes everyone equal miserable and poor.

        • Malcolm Reynolds

          So you think that computer programmers, Drs, accountants etc, who’ve all spent a great deal of time in school should be on the same playing field as all the mouth breathers who didn’t pay attention in high school and can’t even spell their own damned name? You think those people should earn comparable salaries?

          Yea people usually DO choose to be poor and those people are usually leftards. You have GOT to be jaw dropping stupid in your life.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          Don’t underestimate the stupidity of commenters around here. They really do think that people choose to be poor, and that they deserve to be punished for this choice.

          • therantinggeek

            Don’t underestimate the stupidity of commenters around here. They really do think that people choose to be poor, and that they deserve to be punished for this choice.

            Don’t underestimate the gormless Leftists who think they’re superior to everyone else. They really do think that charity should be forced, that people shouldn’t have to work hard and rely on government handouts, and shouldn’t be punished for their choice.

            FIFY again, BSA. That’s two I’ve taken from you. :)

          • journogal

            Look, simpleton, I am not the stupid. What hateful person you come across as. I know and understand how the economy works. I also know that businesses are not created to give you jobs, they are established to provide a service and answer to their investors and/or shareholders. Guess what, simpleton – they are called entry level jobs for a reason and should be treated as such. Grow up and realize that no one owes you anything at all. You want something, you work for, don’t demand the government to take it away from others to give to you. Life isn’t fair. There is always going to be people who make more than you and have more than you. You don’t like your lot in life? Then you have the power to change it, don’t you?

          • Bathing Suit Area

            My life is pretty good, I’ve got no real complaints. I’m not going to pretend that’s a result however of me simply deciding some day “hey, I should be comfortably upper middle class!” while a bunch of others decided that being poor was a better idea for them.

    • c2

      Actions have consequences, honey.

      • journogal

        Oh no, no, no! It is all about fairness, don’t you know? Personal responsibility and consequences are such antiquated thoughts. No one should work their way up, they should only start at the top and stay there. After all, it’s only fair!

    • LegalizeShemp

      Ah, so because a majority of people favor something, that makes it a good idea or policy? The majority defines the most popular opinion, but not necessarily the best policy.

      • Infinite_Indeterminism

        Not directly relevant, but numerically any lynch mob qualifies as a majority…

        But strictly speaking, yes a majority decided this – and the better question is how constitutions should be written to avoid such overstepping of boundaries… Otherwise, their next decision may be a surtax on anything above “decent” incomes…

  • Zaklog the Great (Shawn Smith)

    Now we know which city is going to have the highest unemployment in the country for a long, long time.

    • c2

      Both of the major players who ran for mayor of Seattle (SeaTac is just south of here) are proponents of a $15 minimum wage also.

      Magical thinking is going to be the death of this place, but King County voters don’t like grownups for the most part.

      Oh well.

  • Perso Nasplit

    why not increase minimum wage to eleventy billion dollars per hour? that way we can all be equally rich. i mean, price wont go up because of that will they?

  • ogama843

    Wow. Who needs college education anymore. I remember my first job that required a degree paid me 18k a year. Would have loved 31k starting salary.

  • Guest

    Business’s will leave in droves, grab the popcorn for sure.

  • jody

    FYI that Hanauer guy (above) cheering this, is CEO of Pacific Coast Feather Co. in Seattle. wonder what min. wage is for his employees?

  • kblue905

    So the lady selling you a stale bagel at SeaTac is making more than an E4 who is clearing IEDs from routes in Afghanistan?

    • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

      It would appear that way.

    • MarcusFenix

      Not only that, but liberals give more respect to someone slinging fries than to our military folks, which is completely bass-ackwards.

    • OLLPOH ~ OurLifeLiberty

      Sad but, true that is what occurs when Communist, Marxist, Collective Utopians ramrod and complete the full wipeout of the Constitution, Amendments/Bill of Rights…they’ve been at it for 100 years (+ – yrs).

    • Bathing Suit Area

      The military are underpaid… so the solution is to pay the bagel lady less? Nice logic.

      • Chris Chambers

        You need to take a class in basic econ. The costs are ALWAYS passed on to the consumer. But you won’t have any consumers there. No need for predictions. This is a certainty.

        (NOTE: Retired Army guy here….the SPC clearing IEDs is in a contract…he knew what he was going to get paid before he ever signed the deal.)

  • JR48

    You can guarantee a particular wage but you can’t guarantee that you will have a job. What’s the solution? Small business moves elsewhere. Bring yer own snacks if you’re flying through SeaTac…unless you want to pay 10 bucks for a bag of pretzels from the gift shop.

    • Zakasnak

      Won’t be able to afford a bottle of water to wash those pretzels down, tho.

  • Steve__Jacobson

    It’s still minimum wage.

  • Chevypowered

    So a city is WA state just passed a $15 an hour minimum wage law.

    SeaTac Resident: Hooray for Social Justice! We finally stuck it to the man!

    SeaTac Resident after reality sits in: What the f#$k you mean $13 dollars for a double cheese burger?! Wait are you saying, “I am that man I stuck it too?” I thought we were just going to “tax the rich!”

    • Bathing Suit Area

      I really want someone here to get specific with their predictions. Cheeseburgers costing x dollars within y months. Make your doom and gloom claims so that we can check them when they happen. You’re all so convinced you’re right, don’t you want to be able to say I told you so?

      • Chevypowered

        Oh don’t get your goggles steamed. It was sarcasm. However how long do you think any business will survive paying everyone $15 an hour and still survive? That wage “will” trickle back down to the consumers. Will it be $13 dollars? Probably not but rest assured even if it went up a dollar or two it will be enough for people in this sh!tty economy to hold on to their money.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          Everyone here is using their economic expertise to predict all manner of doom and gloom resulting from the increase in minimum wage. I just want some of them to make an actual measurable prediction, to see if they turn out to be right.

  • douginsd

    In other news, Delta, Air Alaska, etc, will suddenly announce that SeaTac has been downgraded from a hub to a focus city. The airport will become the Pittsburgh or Covington of the Northwest. I wonder why.
    They will have thrown their geographic advantage away.

    • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

      Soon to go the way of Meigs Field in Chicago.

    • ked5

      maybe it will become fiscally advantageous to use paine field instead of SeaTac. southwest had already been looking at doing that.

  • Julescat

    great. an airport with only vending machines.

    • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

      The world’s most expensive AUTOMAT (For those who remember them…) Jawamax 8<{D}

    • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      And WE know who owns vending machines.
      Guys named “Broken-Nose Louie,” “Vito Knuckles,” “Lead-Pipe Angie” and the like…

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    This is one of those “Two Wrongs don’t make a Right” situations, Thusly:
    1) This will mostly affect UNION EMPLOYEES, who are ALREADY WELL-PAID, with Benefits, who will be earning more.
    2) The people passing through the SeaTac area will notice Los Angeles/Hollywood/Beverly Hills type of inflation, such as $9.00 Big Macs, $4.00 a gallon Gasoline, $5.00/Gallon Milk, and other high costs for necessities that people who don’t work in that area will be forced to pay;it will also increase local TAXES, which will drive residents and businesses away in droves.
    Another thing: My older brother worked a few jobs where it took him YEARS to reach the $15/Hour pay level…And the SEIU talks about FAIRNESS? Completely RIDICULOUS! /RANT off Jawamax 8<{D}

  • precursor

    We’ve decided as a family…to not vists any progressive states on vacations. Have to hit these people where it counts…in their wallets.

    • nc ✓s & balances

      If things don’t turn around soon, you’ll be running out of places to visit.

  • Marvin Nelson

    Let them cheer and celebrate. Reality will hit when employers have to cut jobs to absorb the increase and raise prices to pay the remaining employees. Thus begins the death spiral that will ultimately close some of these businesses. Be careful, SeaTac, what you wish for.

  • M F Scotto

    Why not $20 or $30 an hour? Heck, let’s just set a minimum salary of $60K/yr and they’ll all be comfortable middle-class wage earners! Utopia!

  • M F Scotto

    2014: The proposal, will ensure a $15 minimum wage for more than 6,000 workers in and around the airport.

    2015: 5,000 workers in and around the airport…
    2016: 3,000 workers in and around the airport…
    2017: 1,000 workers in and around the airport…
    2018: For Sale, One Airport, Great bargain! (please note, must pay 16 y.o. kids $15/hr)

  • Keith Mac Martin

    It means prices go up. They are already outrageous at the Seattle airport. The answer: dont buy anything on your way through.

  • nc ✓s & balances

    Obviously, logic doesn’t work with some people. Experience will.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

    I see Seattle becoming the geriatric center of the NW, as all the the young people move out of state to find jobs.

  • AMERICAN Kafir™✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈwhitey

    Huge night for prosperity. City of SeaTac raises minimum wage to $15.”

    .@NickHanauer <== Someone failed Economics 101.

  • marcellucci

    When does the airport mandate the twelve drink minimum……?

  • Right Wired ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    In completely unrelated news, The cost of a Big Mac shot up to $9.95, and the unemployment rate has soared to 75%..

  • Guest

    Airports can be moved…..

    • Southern Air Pirate

      Not Airports in Washington State. There was an attempt to convert both Paine Field in Everett and Boeong Field in S. Seattle into hubs for regional carriers like Southwest and the Eco-terrorists went nuts claiming that the noise of increased jet engine flights was going to kill little kids. So the plans were shelved. Airports bring out a strong stain of NIMBYism.

  • John Taznar

    Next they’ll take on the “unexpectedly” higher parking rates, loss of shops, and disappearance of budget flights.

  • RedSoloCup

    Another Detroit in the making?

  • Steve__Jacobson

    If raising the minimum wage works why do they keep raising the minimum wage?

  • NCRelite

    #popcorn indeed

  • keyboard jockey

    What is the unemployment rate right now in King and Pierce County, Washington? Everyone should get ready for it to spike.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      Were I less lazy, I’d be taking a screenshot of this comment for future reference.

      • keyboard jockey

        Too lazy to take a screen shot? Well that fit’s with expecting to be paid $15 dollars an hour for low skilled labor.

        How old are you? Are you even in your 20s? Lived the same place your whole life- sheltered? Never been out to see the big world? The United States is now competing in a “Global” market. What cost too much to make in the United States – U.S. corporations will make cheaper in another country. This isn’t brain surgery, it’s economic’s 101. As for the service industry people will get laid off or get their hour’s cut. A private business isn’t operating to provide jobs to anyone. A private business operate’s to make a profit.

  • keyboard jockey

    Pierce Co. jobless rate drops to 7.7 percent – Blog – September 2013 … › Blog › September 2013‎

    Sep 24, 2013 – Pierce Co. jobless rate drops to 7.7 percent … August 2013’s unemployment rate is also down from the 9.1 percent rate in the same month last.

    I am sure a jump in the minimum wage couple with the roll out of Obamacare is going to have all kinds of employers hiring/

  • therealguyfaux ✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

    Just a note to put this into perspective:

    When I were but a mere strip of a lad, my father told me about how skilled-trade construction workers got $10/hr, back when a buck was a buck and nobody had a buck– probably something like $50-odd today, if not more.

    I marvelled, and said, “Gee, dad, that’s a lotta money– are they rich?”
    Dad: “No, son, they’re comfortable, if they’re lucky– but not ‘rich’.”
    Me: “Making THAT much, and they’re NOT rich?”
    Dad: “They make that much, when they WORK– and a lotta rainy and snowy days, they can’t– and if nobody’s building anything, they gotta work part-time doin’ something else till buildings start going up again. So it only LOOKS like they’re getting a big chunk of money.”

    What about all those $15/hr jobs if the jobs are only 20hr/wk? You’re gonna see that Jamaican family from In Living Color making a comeback– “Me son, him got five jobs!”

  • keyboard jockey

    News In Brief; Seattle-Puget Sound and Beyond October 2013 … › Government‎

    Oct 4, 2013 – King County’s unemployment rate was 5.1 percent, down from 5.2 percent in June and 7.5 percent in July 2012. Pierce County’s rate declined …

    Oh yeah jacking up the minium wage to 15 dollars that’s really going to stimulate the hiring in King county OR get a whole bunch of people laid off.

    • ked5

      the county population is over 2million. the city of SeaTac is 29,000. small potatoes in comparison.

      • keyboard jockey

        Good luck to them running small businesses out of their town.

        • ked5

          sea-tac doesn’t have the brightest residents in the county. sometimes, reality bites.

          • keyboard jockey

            The burned hand teaches best, but once they drive away people interested in setting up businesses, it’s difficult to lure them back when they have already set up their businesses in a business friendly community.

  • SturJen

    This is going to be fun to watch.
    No no no…let’s see how this shakes out for the Seatac area. I’m laying bets on a Detroit-Style society within a year…..It starts w/ the airport, then the whiners in the nearby city will want that kind of cash, so they vote themselves more $$..then the businesses move out, leaving only those who *still* are convinced that ‘free’ money from the government is truly ‘free’.

  • AtomicMountain

    Great. Now instead of paying 7 bucks for a bottle of water at SeaTac, I get to pay $25.50.

    • LegalizeShemp

      That’s just the tip.

      • AtomicMountain

        Heh, “just the tip.” Pretty much!

    • Bathing Suit Area

      You want to get specific with your predictions? Name a time frame.

      • AtomicMountain

        Ok, let me explain how a business prices a product using “widgets” as an example:

        You invent the widget. You want to sell the widget to make a living.

        To “make a living”, you have to make more money than you spend to produce and distribute the product. The amount you make above the amount you spend is called “profit”.

        If it costs you $10 per widget (for materials, employee payroll, employee health insurance, facilities & utilities, taxes, licenses, transportation, office supplies, etc., etc.) to produce, then you have to charge an amount ABOVE $10 in order to make a living (profit). If you don’t, you break even at best, or LOSE money.

        How much above $10 do you charge? This is the tricky part. You can only charge an amount above $10 that your market will accept. For example, if you charge $11 per widget, you may find that people are willing to pay that much, and you can make a profit! BUT if you charge, say, $15, you may find that nobody is willing to pay that much, and then you’re stuck with a bunch of widgets nobody is willing to buy – and you go broke and have to fire all of your employees, who then go broke themselves.

        So you charge $11, and everybody is happy.

        BUT what if all of the sudden, you now have to pay your employees TWICE what you’ve been paying them? NOW it costs you $15 per widget to produce, so you have to charge at least $16 in order to make a living.

        But you already know that nobody is willing to pay more than $11 for the widget, so you’re now stuck with a bunch of widgets nobody is willing to buy, so you have to either lay off a bunch of employees to reduce production costs and stay afloat, or go out of business.

        Well, the remaining employees got a raise – which is great, right? But now they have to work harder to pick up the slack from the other employees you had to lay off. So they get mad because they’re over-worked, and demand even MORE money, so you either have to pay them and raise your prices again, or cut costs somewhere else.

        But cutting costs is tough, because the vendors who provide the materials you use to make your widgets had to raise THEIR prices too because their costs went up too because of this new mandatory employee pay increase!

        So what do you do? You have to close your manufacturing facilities, fire all of your employees, and move production somewhere that it’s cheaper in order to save your business.

        That “somewhere” is called “China”.

        So to answer your question: Shortly after SeaTac’s minimum wage increase go into effect.

        • Bathing Suit Area

          So your prediction is that shortly (kinda vague, but I’ll go with it) after the minimum wage raise goes into effect, a bottle of water will go from $7 to $25.50 at SeaTac.

          That’s a testable prediction that we can come back to and check, and that you’ll stand by?

  • Shane Falco

    McDonalds to introduce Ten-Dollar menu…

  • LegalizeShemp

    Yes, and like clockwork, when prices skyrocket to pay these high wages, the Einsteins who voted for it will blame the corporations and call them “greedy”. Everything is unaffordable they’ll say. Hilarious.

  • Skirtandzy

    Oh, this should be interesting… I know of a large event held at one of the SeaTac Airport hotels. I’d love to see how they cope with these increases, especially since I know a number of people who normally attend will cheer this as a ‘victory’, until it hits them.

  • gman213

    Awesome, no more tipping! Anyone who does is an idiot.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Looks like only rich people will be able to buy stuff at Sea-Tac airport, once again, the poor hit hardest by liberal policies.

    • Bathing Suit Area

      The working poor just got raises. Yeah, they’re really gonna hate that.

      • Chris Chambers

        There won’t be raises when the jobs disppear since no customer will pay these prices.

      • ked5

        and all those that will be laid off got a pay cut.

  • LegalizeShemp

    Vendors, please identify the price increases as “Minimum Wage Surcharge” on people’s bills, make sure liberals are properly identified as the cause of the massive price increases which will result from this stupidity.

  • marion vega

    enjoy their $10 loaf of bread

  • LOL

    wtf ARE YOU PEOPLE Talking about?!?! wages ARE LESS Than 1/2 THE COST OF DOING BUSINESS. a $15 minimum wage IS NOT DOUBLE! COST WONT DOUBLE! PRICES SHOULDN’T DOUBLE! and people Aren’t vacationing in ATL instead of SEA no MATTER HOW Cheap A Big Mac is there!

  • Chris Chambers

    Of course, this means no one will buy anything offered at the outrageous prices that will be the result of an absurdly high $15/hour. The businesses will close, no new businesses will want to come in because they know no customers will ever pay those prices. It will take time, but the illiterate vermin that supported this measure will have moved on to the next dumpster.

  • rm1evo

    Sounds like the Wawa idea is not bad after all.

  • Benjamin F. Barnes Sr.

    Them people are going to lose the stamps and oboma phone.

  • ked5

    well – watch the businesses die.

  • ked5

    54-46%, with 3,283 votes counted and now it is 52-48 with 4,325 votes counted, the gap is narrowing. I wish they’d listed how many ballots were cast – but of course, it’s WA – we vote by mail. who knows how many more are coming.

  • ked5

    with just over 5,000 votes counted as of friday, the yeas are down to 50.4% and the nays have climbed to 49.6%.
    because WA has vote by mail – it can take at least a week to get a good idea of what votes actually are.