In a development that will shock precisely nobody who wasn’t paying attention, the new Seattle minimum wage hike has claimed another business (Z Pizza). This is of note partially because there’s apparently a wrinkle to the Seattle law: while ‘regular’ businesses have six years to get their wages up, franchises have only two. Don’t you just love it when progressives play their little social engineering games with your livelihood and neighborhood? – I mean, it’s pretty clear by now that you can’t expect these people to come in out of the rain, but they are certainly always so enthusiastic when they drive the car into a ditch.
Anyway, I imagine that if you’re a Seattle business owner then this comment would fill you with a certain dread:
We reached out to 15 Now Seattle, the organization that pushed for the higher minimum wage. Director Jess Spear hadn’t heard about Z Pizza’s decision to close. So she wouldn’t comment specifically on that, only saying: “Restaurants open and close all the time, for various reasons.”
…On the other hand, Seattle voted for the financial illiterates who put this minimum wage hike in place in the first place, so my sympathies for the city as a whole are finite. On the gripping hand, for all I know the Z Pizza owner fought tooth and nail for the Republican
sacrificial victims candidates in the last election.