(RepublicanDaily.org) – Talks of increasing the federal minimum wage have gained traction among Democrats of late, despite all the other challenges facing the nation. The figure of $15 per hour has been suggested by multiple representatives; this would represent a huge hike in costs for many small businesses across the country.
Many Republicans see the threat this poses, and have begun to speak out against the idea. On Wednesday, February 24, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) denounced the proposed increase, saying it was part of a “liberal wish list.” Graham has said he does not oppose a “sensible” plan to increase the minimum wage, but indicated the proposed change would be too challenging for businesses at this time.
Senator John Thune (R-SD) also strongly opposes the suggested raise. As he outlines in the tweet below, it would place an unmanageable strain on many businesses operating with tight margins.
I started working by bussing tables at the Star Family Restaurant for $1/hour & slowly moved up to cook – the big leagues for a kid like me– to earn $6/hour. Businesses in small towns survive on narrow margins. Mandating a $15 minimum wage would put many of them out of business. pic.twitter.com/izQDOGRAH1
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) February 24, 2021
It isn’t just Republicans opposing a $15-per-hour minimum wage; even moderate Democrats such as Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) have opposed the legislation. Clearly, this is too big a leap right now, especially given the exceptionally challenging circumstances we find ourselves in.
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