The Denver City Socialist Council on Monday unanimously agreed to enforce government-guaranteed minimum wages upon every business within its border for every worker regardless of the job or the worker’s skills.
Congratulations Denver, you’re all equal in pay now at an inflated minimum wage standard, and wages will rise from $11.10 an hour to $15.87 over the next couple of years.
Also, Denver finally beat California at its own game, putting the wages on a similar timetable by 2022 that puts Denver above the California minimum wage by a whopping 87 cents.
The bad news, workers will lose job because employers can’t make ends meet.
And, there will be more competition for your jobs from workers commuting from further outside the city to make higher wages.
Which will also impact our traffic and roads, but we digress.
Now that Denver has taken the bait set by the Democrat-controlled legislature earlier this year when they allowed local government to override the state minimum wage, what happens next?
Will we see a migration of workers flowing to each city that follows suit, leaving poorer cities without a basic workforce?
Will businesses buckle under the pressure and close their doors?
Some on council acknowledged their decision will be tough on businesses, but shied away from the impact it will have on consumers — driving up prices even more and the cost of living with it.
But that’s okay, because future annual raises will be based on inflation.
Before we know it, servers will be paid $20 an hour to ask if we want to pay an extra $10 for fries with our $15 happy meal.