I’m confused about the minimum wage debate.
Although President-elect Donald Trump has vacillated on whether the nation needs a higher federal minimum wage – currently $7.25 an hour which hasn’t been changed since 2009 – his nominee for Labor secretary is decidedly no fan of any minimum wage.
Andy Puzder, the fast-food CEO running the Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s chains, has been a loud critic of rising minimum wages and other worker protections. Why? To Pudzer et al, the wage rules unfairly raise the cost of doing business for restaurant operators and the like who heavily depend on low-paid workers.
However, raising the minimum wage seems certainly popular at the state level. On Jan. 1, California’s minimum went up 50 cents to $10.50 an hour for employers with 26 or more workers.
According to the Economic Policy Institute, 18 other states also raised the…