General Politics Discussion Thread in Off-Topic Posted May 2, 2018 Niku I'm not sure if you understand but minimum wage is 7.25 not 15. That's one of the primary reasons I am bashing it and assume the same for others. I work for a large company that tries to make everyone new start in one of the call centers. Last time I checked we were paying somewhere around 13 an hour. That's not a horrible deal for someone starting off out of college or someone without a degree trying to start a career. Guaranteeing 15 an hour would bone so many businesses so hard that they would have to shut down. Despite what gfh says, some places really can't afford to pay much more than they currently do and certainly couldn't keep operating if you got double the min wage guaranteed elsewhere. A job guarantee would hire as a last resort so it isn't competing with the private sector for workers. For some businesses, yes it is important for wage costs to be low to operate and it would not make sense for job seekers to choose the $8 per hour job over the $15 one unless there were unique personal benefits to that job such as friends or enjoyment. A loosening of taxes would offset the business' financial space to the worker which would ensure both the competiveness of the business and a living wage for workers.