A Living Wage For Eureka?
I'm against it, although I've said before even the minimum wage wasn't something I lose sleep over at night. Problem is, with minimum wages, inflation takes place and it doesn't seem like it's all that long before minimum wage earners are back to square one.
So it will probably be with this proposal to establish a living wage for Eureka of $10.00 an hour. Certainly employers will be more leery of hiring additional help, just for starters. Some might be let go and you can't help but wonder if those making more than minimum wage now will be wanting more money since they could argue their pay wouldn't be worth as much anymore.
Hard to say just what effects this would have since the living wage would supposedly be limited to Eureka. I see one guy in the T-S web site comments section saying he'd be moving his business to Fortuna if such a thing passes. I don't blame him and I wish him well.
But would it pass? Apparently the guy sponsoring the initiative- some guy who's never held a job up here according to one of the T-S commentors- has more than one reason for filing this initiative: He wants to get more people to the polls.
Maybe he thinks that by getting more people to the polls he'll be getting more people to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate, or, maybe he's just one of those people with the bizarre notion that the more people that end up voting, the better society will be?
Regardless, he may be surprised. I'm sure he probably thinks everyone feels like he does on the issues. Most people hang with people that feel as they do on issues so they assume most other people feel the same way. He may end up with an unpleasant surprise if he's wrong.