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October 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM

How a $15 minimum wage would devastate immigrant businesses

SeaTac Prop 1

Gabriel Campanario / Seattle Times

Raising the minimum wage to this level would be devastating to immigrant-owned small businesses.

On Nov. 5, SeaTac will consider whether to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour for some airport and hospitality workers with Proposition 1. Efforts are under way to raise the same issue in Seattle. Mayor Mike McGinn, who is running for re-election, has already made it an issue in a zoning permit spat with Whole Foods in Seattle. In fact, he would like to raise it even higher in Seattle. His challenger, state Sen. Ed Murray, has also indicated support for the $15 level. (Read both sides of the debate in Tuesday’s Pro/Con on Prop. 1. Our editorial board recommends a no vote on Proposition 1 in an editorial.)

And while the current ballot issue only affects SeaTac, the next stop for the minimum-wage campaign is Seattle.

Supporters of the $15 campaign say it would help low-income people and families working in these jobs. That presumes poor people are a monolithic group, all of whom want to work those jobs for the rest of their lives.


Comments | Topics: economy, immigration, millennials

September 12, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Seattle’s co-working spaces nurture ideas, entrepreneurs

My column in Thursday’s Seattle Times editorial page connects a growth of co-working spaces in Seattle with the millennial generation’s entrepreneurial spirit. Work force habits are evolving. When creative minds gather, innovation thrives. Are businesses paying attention? They should if they want to stay competitive and keep workers from venturing out on their own. Today’s…


Comments | Topics: economy, millennials, startups

April 18, 2013 at 11:42 AM

What movie represents your generation? ‘Big Chill?’ ‘Singles?’ ‘Casablanca?’

The editorial writers have been debating which generation has it worst: millennials, Gen X or baby boomers?

Is it the millennials because they graduated from college into the Great Recession with no jobs and loads of student debt, which I wrote about in my column? Is it Generation X, who may be left holding the bag on Social Security, as Jonathan Martin suggested in his column? Or are baby boomers, as Bruce Ramsey outlined in his blog post, just as worse off as everybody else?

The discussion prompted a secondary debate about which movie best represented each generation. These are our nominations, with trailers:

Generation X: “Singles”


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April 4, 2013 at 6:33 AM

What American dream? Younger generations no longer wealthier than previous ones

My Thursday column is a millennial voter’s manifesto for 2013, and how engaging in politics regularly is the only way younger people can change their dismal job prospects. It’s rarely mentioned in the unemployment reports that even as general unemployment has dipped slowly to 7.7 percent, for 20- to 24-year-olds unemployment is 13.1 percent. One…


Comments | Topics: economy, millennials