Senator Tick Segerblom is sponsoring SJR 8, which would raise the minimum wage to either $15 or $16 an hour depending if the employer offers health insurance. Segerblom and a number of his Progressive pals claim the change is necessary because the current minimum wage isn’t livable.
The minimum wage in Nevada is 8.25 an hour if the company does not provide health insurance. If the company does include health insurance then the starting wage is 7.25 an hour, which is still a dollar more than the set federal minimum wage.
Nevada’s minimum wage compares with California at $9, Oregon, $9.10, and Washington, $9.32. The cities of Seattle and San Francisco have increased their own rates to $15 and hour.
But this has brought about a not-unforeseen problem.
On February 2, Borderlands Books in San Francisco on Valencia Street announced it will close March 31, citing the recently approved minimum-wage increase as the main reason. A day earlier and a block up the street, a restaurant called ‘The Abbot’s Cellar’ served its last customers, pointing at the $15 minimum wage in its decision to close.
Further north, Seattle’s looming $15 minimum wage seems to be costing the city its restaurants. The Washington Policy Center writes that (restaurant) “closings have occurred across the city, from Grub in the upscale Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, to Little Uncle in gritty Pioneer Square, to the Boat Street Café on Western Avenue near the waterfront.”
This isn’t simply a political problem; it’s a serious math problem. Then again with the implementation of Common Core across Nevada, in a few short years no one will be able to recognize a ‘math problem.’