How One Small Business is Debunking Nearly Every Lie Republicans Tell About Raising the Minimum Wage

john-puckett-punch-pizzaEvery single time a push to raise the minimum wage gets going, the American people are subjected to the same old propaganda from Republicans.  It’s bad for job creation, hurts small businesses, stifles growth, causes businesses to actually cut jobs – you know, the usual nonsense that never happens.

And the way I look at it is if a business can’t afford to pay its employees a decent wage (at least enough to survive on) then they’re probably not a sustainable business to start with – or so poorly run that they can’t prioritize spending properly.

Well, a local Minnesota business is essentially debunking nearly every talking point Republicans use against raising the minimum wage.

Before Minnesota passed a law raising the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016, Punch Pizza decided to make the bold move to raise their minimum wage to $10 per hour.  This represented a $2.5 million investment over a decade for the company.

Co-owner of Punch Pizza John Puckett is also two weeks from opening store number nine in the state, just six months after he made that $2.5 million investment by raising employee wages.

“We are hiring 50 new people and it’s a million dollar investment.  We’ve seen a big jump in sales and I think part of that is because people feel connected to the investment we are making,” Puckett said.

“Most importantly, we have a stack of applications at each store for people who want to work at Punch Pizza,” Puckett said.

Also just applying a little common sense I would say that when more people are wanting to work for a particular company because that business offers better wages, that company then has the ability to hire better employees.

Puckett might also consider the fact that employees who are well paid tend to be more productive.  They work harder, they’re more reliable, call in sick less and are usually more loyal.

And all of that tends to result in happier customers – which usually translates into an increase in revenue and repeat business.

So here we have a small business deciding to raise its wages, leading to more loyal and happier employees.  This has also brought about an increase in sales, which has resulted in the ability for the company to expand and grow.

There goes that whole right-wing rhetoric about “raising the minimum wage punishes small businesses, hurts growth and eliminates jobs.”

But, as with most things, the typical conservative belief on an issue is based more off of whatever Fox News tells them to believe rather than actual facts or reality.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • surfjac

    It will be interesting to follow this company. It would be interesting to compare it’s business, income/expenses, etc. to a company that doesn’t have to raise minimum wage yet.

    • keep it straight

      No one said they HAD to raise their minimum hourly rate. The article says BEFORE Minnesota raised the minimum wage (which will max at $9.50/hr in 2106) this business CHOSE to raise theirs to $10/hr.

      • surfjac

        Here, maybe you misunderstood:
        It will be interesting to follow this company. It would be interesting
        to compare it’s business, income/expenses, etc. to a company that doesn’t have to raise minimum wage yet.

      • BarackObama

        Irrelevant. They raised pay. They did this because they had to hire 50 new people. The company was ALREADY expanding. pay is not related.

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      • BarackObama

        They hired people before they raised pay. The company was already rocking and rolling, regardless of the pay. Good for the company that they shared in some of the prosperity. That is, however, not related to the pay.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        you have moved a mile from his original topic: which was–
        it will be interesting to follow ( that) this company
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        I have no fear of raises for my employees; I can make moves within my business to offset any pay increase which MAY affect bottom line. ( efficacy)
        rising commodity prices are more concern; causing either menu revisions or smaller portions
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        but then again—
        You are NOT a business owner
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        I am drunk and stupid
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        and my inebriation and excerebrosity still allows me to excoriate your yarning ( yes; that also is spelled correctly) with impunity

  • disqus_3T0GaFQeyV

    Employee wages are considered to be a liability cost not an investment cost unless you want to cook the books like Enron did.

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      really????????????????
      I own a business and my employees are paid better than average and they do great jobs as they VALUE THEIR JOB. having them do MORE WORK allows me FREEDOM socially and economically
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      we who are business owners call that an investment
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      a liability is an underpaid disgruntled employee who reflects his/her angst while on the job

      • Charles Vincent

        As a business owner would you pay an employee money if he wasn’t generating a profit for your business? Or would you fire the employee and hire one that could generate profit, thereby discriminating against less skilled employees in favor of more skilled employees.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        after a warning/discussion and seeing no “profit” from that discussion,,,,hell yes
        delightfully the tea party doesn’t do that— they “hire” idiots/ utilize idiots
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      • Charles Vincent

        Ok that’s what forced minimum wage does on a large scale and those that cannot find work eat up welfare dollars because the program intended to help them cost them their job.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        wow—wow!!! so: what should people who aren’t gifted with higher IQ do? just starve? or: maybe that great idea of those who work 40 hrs and STILL have to get some GOVT assistance can just die off?
        Im awaiting a policy–or at least an idea(s) to help all of these americans. NOTE: 74% of food stamps feed 13 and under kids; and 65 and older seniors. OF THAT 74%….. 70 % are Caucasian which kinds messes with the ‘idea’ that Obama is BUYING minority votes with this purported payroll. Welfare recipients are 67% white ; mostly that segment I loathe: the religious trash republican ” cliven bundy patriots” who live in the south and southwest.
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        but I again digress: what shall we do ? pay them 3.75 per hour and have them starve as bigger wealthy scumbags accrue even more profits — not needed as they willnot spend it back into our economy fast enough to do good–on the backs of hard working GOOD americans who do NOT have the taste of ” he American dream’; they just wanna keep off the street as families.
        what shall we do? details please

      • Charles Vincent

        Educate them with a marketable skill that allows them to make a living wage.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        theoretically perfect Charles!!!
        ,,,,,,,, however; who PAYS to ( a) determine who is qualified ( socially; ETC) to be educated ( or determining what they are best qualified for) (b) house & feed–etc- them while they school (c) the schooling itself ( d) get them job placement? imagine a NEWLY single mom of 3 who now has the burden of kids/ no income (she was a house mommie) with no car now needing transpo etc?
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        regressives assume the playing field is equally weighted for all to play on/in……..and minorities get screwed simply by BEING a minority!

      • Charles Vincent

        No one gets paid to decide who is qualified that is self apparent people either have the skill or they don’t. Every one has a talent for something that’s marketable the problem is finding out what it is.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        your use of word ‘ talent” here is oversimplified as many people do NOT have the talent for anything other than labor. also– U didn’t address the other (b; c;d ) parts I mentioned

      • Charles Vincent

        The first part takes care of the others, and I didn’t say this would be easy. In fact it will be down right difficult.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        so————— how are they to be educated to get better skills??????

      • Charles Vincent

        Find out what their talents are and help them get on course to get those skills they need to be successful. Sort of like give a man a fish and he will eat for but a day, teach him to fish and he will eat for a lifetime. As for teaching those skills I suggest apprenticeships when they are still at home as children, OJT works well IMHO.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, what about existing MILLIONS of American adults????????

      • Charles Vincent

        Well adults might need a bit of short term extra help to get them up to speed so to speak.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        that takes capital Charles————– and regressives do NOT want to help anyone( c’ept their church) and maybe cliven bundy ” patriots”

      • Charles Vincent

        That’s irrelevant and you’re moving the goal posts.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        wrong answer— the topic was HOW do we educsate americans/ finances to do so?
        goalposts??

      • Charles Vincent

        Already answered those questions.

        “Moving the goalposts (raising the bar) – argument in which evidence presented in response to a specific claim is dismissed and some other (often greater) evidence is demanded.”

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        how do we (*where do we get) gt money to educate???????????????????/
        U didn’t answer- u deferred to ” it will be difficult/
        trouble again with memory??

      • BarackObama

        Are you drunk?

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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        you import ( my ) abuse
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      • BarackObama

        They can buy their own damn book on how to better themselves.

        It is $3 at a used book store.

        It is FREE at the library.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,yeah,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        ………………….. look how far U have advanced socio-economically!!! lets all do what U do so we can be as nugatory as U are
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        ” job”…………. equates to: servitude

      • BarackObama

        Educate yourself. Read a book. Find out if you have interest in a given field. Execute.

        It is not up to someone else to educate you.

      • BarackObama

        They want to help their own church. Progressives want someone else to help their church.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        true educated progressives do not attend houses of VOODOO and superstition
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        we see; absorb and think without the need of man made control ( see: religion)
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        hows your (!!!!!) “job”?

      • BarackObama

        Good to see “no true scottsman” logic fallacy in action.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        (a) tautologically inept
        (b) U AGAIN misspelled a word
        ( see: Scotsman)
        ”dem” be some great books U are assimilating- the fruit doesn’t fall far from the tree!

      • BarackObama

        Give them millions of books. You can buy them at used bookstores for $3. Why is it someone else job to train them?

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        hey loser—————-if U read a million books U could NOT do what my employees do(and many other businesses)
        ergo– your lachrymose comment is non sequitur
        ############################################
        your turn

      • BarackObama

        Yes. Your employees have skills and knowledge that can not be expressed in writing.

        Got it.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        wrong answer————– many of them ( as certainly I can) write books pertaining to all aspects of running a kitchen from dishwashing to triple peppercorn brandy ‘ au poivre ‘ bordelaise to inventories to kitchen design/efficacy to cost containment to menu aesthetics
        ========================================
        you can read it and memorize it and will NOT be able to even come close to applying what has been written and absorbed-
        >>> your jejune statement of ” read a book/learn a skill” is thus decimated in real practice<<<
        ….unless U are teacher OF the internals OF said 'book'– and a teacher ONLY
        ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
        you were babbling something…..?

      • BarackObama

        read a book.

        I read a book about database programming and walked in to the interview and got the job.

        Nobody is going to give you a job if your skill is ‘watching Pawn Stars all day’

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        w0w—
        U have a JOB?
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        praise jeeeeeeeesus!!!
        NOTE: Im a business owner- since 1989. my employees make more–in cash– than U do
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        pawn stars and duck dynasty are what white trash regressive religious scum watch– after FOX “news” of course****************************************************
        your turn

      • BarackObama

        maybe since she has no job she can not lay on her back so much. Lay on your back when you get employed.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        sounds as if u really add many extrapolative strengths to the discussion.
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        hows the white trash tea party crybabies as FOX “news” doin’ ya’?

      • Cait Macanliss

        I guess the part I never get is why things like waiting tables or serving food *aren’t* marketable skills. Highly marketable? No. But they’re totally necessary, and trust me, there are plenty of peoplel who *can’t* do that 40 hours a week.

        We do not have food serving robots. Why *doesn’t* someone who cleans bathrooms 40 hours a week deserve a living wage? It’s certainly not a high skill job, but it’s not one most people want to do, either. I’m not saying that it makes sense to pay executive level wages to that person, but it makes zero sense to me that necessary but really unglamorous jobs- cleaning, serving, stocking shelves, running registers,whatever- aren’t deserving of a wage that can afford them a place to live (that doesn’t need multiple roommates also working full time), food, transportation to get to their job, and health care.

      • Charles Vincent

        Those markets you list are low skill jobs, and food service has a minuscule profit margin, and most restaurants fail in the first 3-5 years.
        Incidentally I was watching the science channel the other day and the were covering a food service robot that served fast food so yes we have robots that serve food.

      • BarackObama

        If you didnt bother to pay attention in school, and didnt think it was worth the effort to learn anything, and your job, ANYONE can do.. then you arent going to make very much.

        You are basically going to have to work 1.5x jobs a week and get by, but not much more.

        Thats the way it is. If you dont like it, pay attention in school. Employers pay more per hour for workers who can do more things.

        You are going to pay more money to a guy that can cook the steaks, make the french fries, work with customers, and schedule the other employees.

        You can sit and cry that the french fry guy doesnt make much, but it is his own fault.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        schooling is irrelevant in most cases: im a self employed chef and mastered such BS as history and analysis and humanities
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        I make a great living and use nothing I learned in school; ‘cept adding profit/loss numbers and spelling.
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        enjoying the freedom of being tied down by your JOB?

      • BarackObama

        People that do not educate themselves and learn something of value will simply end up having to work more hours, or have a lower standard of living.

        That is what it is. Not everyone can drive around in a Tesla.

        Spend more time in school learning something of value.

        Alternatively, learn a trade.

        ” so: what should people who aren’t gifted with higher IQ do? just starve?”

        This is a false choice.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        im a weeee bit perplexed here–
        U go from calling me drunken AND stoooopid ( see: poor spelling) to now attempting to have an expostulatory conversation with me.
        as I ingratiated “chuckie” above I will also thrust SAME upon you:
        who pays for the schooling needed? who pays for their food when they are in school and cannot work the hours needed to feed kids/ keep transportation alive/ keep on utilities??
        ??what about those in those scumbag racist communities who STILL ( yes; its still alive -racism–) do NOt give minorities an equal chance? do those slighted minorities ” move” to greener pastures? ( $$$ how do they do THAT$$??)
        im amazed at myopic cretins in the regressive “party” ( repub/teabag) who have no answers other than WORK HARDER. You and I don’t have these conundrums which plague many americans who WANT to achieve-
        you– as many “Christian” republican scum do– seem to just turn your block head and esoterically muse: ” let them just die off”
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        now; about my purported oligophreniality and temulence!!!

      • BarackObama

        You save up money. You then go to school. You pay for your food. Maybe you get an awesome job paying you 250k a year, cash, serving food.

        There is only one group saying ‘let them die off’. Well, actually nobody is saying it. It is just a talking point the left pretends that the right says. It is one of those strawman arguments.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        really? strawman? look up Indiana REPUBLICAN john johnstons comments. he said exactly that
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        NOTATION: ” u save up money; then go to school….ETC”
        how pray tell; does someone save up money when all they earn goes to rent/kids/ food / bills?
        pleeeeeeeeeeeeez edify us all on that!
        *****************************************************
        of course- AFTER U read what the white trash Christian scumbag in Indiana said ( in straw)
        nice try: I don’t make 250K per year– never have ( best yrs have mirrored 150K) and I don’t serve it: im the chef/owner of my UNIQUE foodservice company- I MAKE IT

      • BarackObama

        I didn’t say you made that. You claimed your workers did.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        im the chef- I make it. my workers work with it and sell it when Im not there
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        U claim U worked in foodservice and yet ostensibly do NOT know how a kitchen and chef operate?
        bartenders and waitrons serve food.
        CHEF makes the food.
        ok; maybe my inquiry here will help:
        who makes the pilaf? the béchamel ( gruyere mornay?) the bisque?
        answer: he who makes the MONEY makes that
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        im a stinker; aint I? ( bugs bunny)

      • BarackObama

        Yes, I understand the concept of chef vs waiter. I did not claim that waiters make food. I see the disconnect. I said “I didn’t say you made that” I was using make in reference to your previous comment. “Made” should better be described as “earned” and then it will be clear I was not talking about job function. Thanks.

        Sounds like expensive food. Very nice.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        considering how U initially attempted to go after me ( not knowing I am a formidable adversary as well as “lexiphanic” in my dialogue) I would wager that U have indeed been subjugated and thus I will now waste no more of MY time with the likes of you
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        over- researching TRUE FACTS will help U in future conversations. TRY 2 avoid ‘easy2refute’ bavardage.

      • BarackObama

        These are excellent items and things people have to deal with when making life decisions.

        If you want to save up for college or trade school, then it will take a while to save up. It will take longer if
        one likes to live in the hot district next to all the clubs.

        Live farther away. Possibly rent a room instead of your own place.

        Kids. Not recommended if you are trying to save money. I recommend thinking with your big head before using your little head.

        Food. Eat less at restaurants where you are expected to give 20% plus to waiters.

        Bills. Less HBO. More antenna. Maybe give up the data plans for the phone and and tablet.

        If you cant give these up, then you are going to have to work more.

        I worked as a manager in a pizza place, as a waiter, and delivered packages all at the same time. I had time for this, because i wasn’t busy taking car of kids I thoughtlessly popped out.

        It can be done. It all depends on how much one really wants to alter their life course. I didn’t want to deliver packages forever, so as soon as I had enough to take classes, I took them.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        im much more interested in the strawman from Indiana; his quotes regarding letting poor wither and die and YOUR recognition of thy nescience upon this subject to which U place thy foot in thy mouth
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        need a few napkins?

      • BarackObama

        Hardly. You provided one clown that made an unfortunate set of words and want to attribute that to an entire group of people.

        There are quite a few people on the dole, that simply do not want to get off it, because it means they have to work.

        My wife has a cousin in W Va who has a man who will marry her but she does not want to get married because it will mean an end to her free money.

        They exist, as much as all the Captain Kirks out there that just want to ‘let them die’.

      • BarackObama

        Bleck. More commas.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        you said NOONE IS SAYING IT,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
        your error is not only being erroneous in NOT knowing; it is compounded by (a) not admitting the error and (b) intimating the creep in Indiana is alone!!! shall we drag some quotes from such luminary PATRIOTS such as ted nugent and others?? ( I have them loaded and awaiting…….)
        it IS refreshing ( again) to have cretins such as U unwittingly support the FACT that roughly 64% of those on welfare ET AL are white trash “religious” scum ( see: wifes cousin) and a HUGELY high % of THEM align with regressive republican dogma
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        how my being drunk and stupid taste so far???

      • BarackObama

        I follow you, but you are taking colloquialisms literally.

        Certainly one isn’t going to make an assertion that nobody at at time, ever, has said a given phrase, in context or out.

        It would be impossible to prove; therefore, it is not to be taken literally.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        ” not to be taken literally” when taking it literally makes U look even MORE feeble
        would this dubious principle also apply to the incredibly LOW PCT% of fraudulent voters visa vis NEEDING voter ID/ registration ( of which im ok with) by the atrophying republican party?

      • BarackObama

        I have not unwittingliny admitted that fact. The majority of the population is white. It stands to reason that the majority on welfare would be also.

        My wife’s cousin, the one on welfare and refusing to work, is white. Lazy knows no skin color.

        There is a given percentage of people who will live in a rat infested tenement if it means they do not have to work.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        correct! and,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, what PCT of them lives predominantly in repub states?
        read any good BOOKS lately?

      • BarackObama

        Both wrong.

        Percent of recipients who are white38.8 %

        Percent of recipients who are black39.8 %

        Percent of recipients who are Hispanic15.7 %

        Percent of recipients who are Asian2.4 %

      • BarackObama

        Who knew. Still, whitey should be 7-10%, not 38%

        lots of slackers.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        allow me to add these CBO ( and us treasury) numbers–
        73% of those FED by food stamps are either 13 and under or over 65
        69% of THOSE two groups are Caucasian– nationwide 2012-2013
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        care to comment on feeding kids and elderly?

      • BarackObama

        It sounds like that guy needs some training in politics.

        It appears he was trying to say that handouts are popular and that the recipients vote and nobody is willing to cut handouts because they like to be elected.

        If he vote to end welfare or foodstamps or proposed it, then that would be different.

        I would say that there are people who will take public assistance as a helping hand and get back on their feet, and there are people that look at the money and think “hey if I cut my expenses, it means i do not have to work”.

        Some people strive to be better, and some people simply are willing to accept a very low standard of living if it means they do not have to work.

        It sounds like you are the former. I do not know how to stop leeches without cutting aid to people who are in legitimate need. It might just be something we acknowledge is going to happen if we want to help people out.

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      hey scumbag——— no reply to MY retort usurping your infantile post?

  • Sunnysmom

    These businesses should take the lead and advertise the heck out of the fact that they are. After Starbucks announced their college program a couple days ago, I made it a point to stop there for my coffee. I will gladly be a loyal patron of companies who invest in their people.

  • thatguy

    minimum wage does need to be raised but for people to want $15 an hour while they are untrained, uneducated, and have little to offer is ridiculous.

    • Whwhard

      So why not $15.00 an hour. Business have no problem raising prices as cost rise with inflation. Same goes for elected officials and big shots at company’s that demand their wages raised to reflected inflation. So why shouldn’t the minimum wage also reflect inflation. I guarantee you that most business’s have been marketing larger profits since their cost of employment has gone down. I myself am tired of subsidizing Walmart and McDonald whose employees can’t make a living wage so need to use social programs to survive. And by the way if was corrected for inflation it would be closure to $20.00.

      • BarackObama

        Retardo Montalban,
        If you double wages, then prices must go up. Instead of a worker being able to afford a Big mac meal for $5.99 (about an hour), he will be able to afford one for 11.99 (about an hour)

        There is no magic. If you double expenses, costs of product go up.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        shall we do the math upon those states which already have increased the minimum wage IN each of those states??
        HINT: they have revenues which are on the rise
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        your turn

      • BarackObama

        ???? annnnnnd…..

        of course revenues rise. The company has to pay for the increase in wage. They do this by raising prices.

        The worker, now has more money in his pocket. Too bad he now has to pay more for everything.

        This is called a circle jerk.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        hope I get your tedious jobation correctly:
        ” of course revenues rise”
        ***********************************************************
        NOTE: workers have to pay more ANYWAY- so now they are less stressed doing so and can enjoy the fruit of being AN AMERICAN
        NOTE: revenues rising means more money in hands of state/municipalities VIA taxes and can integrate upwards mobility in building roads/schools/bridges/ et hoc genus omne
        ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, your turn

      • LateNight

        So why have prices gone up and up and up when wages have not budged in more than five years?

      • ClickMe

        How is this possible, LateNight, when clearly they just had wages increased?

      • Eric Berglund

        That math would be accurate if they sold one Big Mac an hour…. They don’t…

      • James Worcester

        In Denmark, McDonalds workers earn $21.00 (US) an hr….. A big Mac costs 65 cents (US) more than in the states. In Australia, minimum wage is $15.65 (US) an hr. Big Macs cost 15 cents (US) more. So, tell me again how your “inflationary” predictions work, Mr. BarakObama

      • BarackObama

        So you expect an example of the price in another country to show how no inflation occurs when you jack up wages? As if there is nothing else possibly going on.

        Ummm… ok.

        So going with that, you don’t consider paying 30% more for a Big Mac to be inflationary?

        Would you consider paying $5.20 for a gallon of gas instead of $4.00 to be inflationary?

        ..or maybe “inflationary” ?

        Let us pretend you own the business. Pay people $21.00 instead of $8.00 . How are you going to do this? Also pretend you aren’t selling iPads, so your clients might buy a substitute product and will not buy yours, no matter what you charge. As you aren’t selling iPads, you do not have the luxury of a 40% profit margin.

      • James Worcester

        I own a business, Sir. My employees earn 30% of what they net for the company, works out to toughly $28 an hr. By the way, McDonalds ROI is approximately 385%.

      • Terri

        The idea that doubling wages will necessarily double prices shows that you do not know business accounting. That’s not a sin, but it’s sin to talk about it so ignorantly. Speaking as a small business owner. Check out Seattle and other places that have raised their minimum wages significantly. They’re doing very well and experiencing higher job growth than cities that haven’t raised their minimum wage. Business budgeting is a *lot* more complicated than just “hopefully wages will equal my product prices.”

    • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

      that’s why a tenet of this article is: higher wages make better qualified people TRY 4 the job; thus culling the underqualified and/or lazy ones
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      FOX “news” doth feed U very well I see

      • BarackObama

        Are you drunk, or just stupid?

        People don’t work harder if the lazy guy next to them makes the same.

        The reason COSTCO works, is because they pay 15 an hour.
        They attract the good workers who WANT to work and make more money.

        Giving everyone 15 an hour will not make WalMart employees the quality of COSTCO employees.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        hey brainiac– (A)im a business owner ( self employed chef here in SE florida) since 1989. I have employees. The lazy ones get fired. My employees make very good CASH money PLUS TIPS–(b) I don’t drink or smoke and take no drugs- ( c) Im obviously NOT as “smart” as you are
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        best part? small dicked losers using the name of a president that they hate. creativity is not thy forte
        your turn

  • Brynn

    Another company, tho not a small business, that pays great to relatively unskilled labor is Costco. They offer benefits, and the average employee makes about $20 an hour. Most sites like Costco are struggling…Sam’s Club is doing terrible. BJs is doing mediocre at best….yet Costco, meanwhile, is doing great, growing all the time. Why? Happy employees make happy customers. Which means they can target people with fatter wallets as customers, since those customers want, and subsequently get, good service. There is very little employee turnover. The model works just about every time in every way. Trickle down economics is a failed idea. The top executives tend to be greedy, and nothing ever truly trickles down. Instead, pay a great living wage, keep happy employees, make customers happy, and the company will grow and succeed.

    • BarackObama

      UMMM… NO.

      Costco pays well. Yes. They attract workers who WANT TO WORK FOR MORE MONEY. It is worth it to THOSE workers. The unskilled workers who dont want to work like that?? they go work at Sams and Wal-Mart.

      There is little turnover at Costco because the workers are willing to work hard for that extra money. You see this in other companies. A worker works hard, gets a bonus, and stays. No bonus, and he sees he works hard for no more money, he leaves.

      Costco puts their stores in well to do suburbs. THAT is why they do well. Customers pay 200$ to walk out the door.

      • bdrew

        That makes ZERO sense! People work just as hard at Wal-Mart and Sams as they do Costco. They are virtually doing the same job. People are more attracted to Costco because they pay more and value their employees which ALWAYS speaks volumes about the people running the background show. Higher pay=Lower turnover=Better operations=Better store=More Customers=Increase to the bottom line. It is pretty simple. High turnover is one of the most costly overhead issues companies face. It affects MANY different aspects of the companies operations and yields poorly run businesses. If the good employees or the higher ups have to spend all of their time hunting down new employees, working out new schedules for those employees, managing new hire paperwork and training for those new employees, paying for drug and backgrounds screening for those new employees, you are left with a smaller bottom line. If you have low turnover then you don’t have to deal with all of those things as often therefore you are able to better utilize the talent you already have possibly even cross department training which can help alleviate the need for additional employees by developing the necessary time management skills as well as knowing the INs and OUTs of other parts of the company which is ALWAYS a benefit to the employer, and/or advancement opportunities when the time comes and they are able to reward their employees even more (because employees are being properly trained from the start and continue to gain training everyday they work). It’s not always practical to assume low turnover for every position especially some of the wal-mart type positions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do better by increasing their wages and investing in SOME of your employees the way I mentioned before. Even the smallest amount of gratitude will create a more positive outcome no matter how flakey or how loyal the employee happens to be. They will feel much worse for doing a bad job, playing hookie, and/or abandoning their positions if their employers showed them the least bit of respect and gratitude for their service rather than the “you should thank your lucky stars and bow before me in gratitude every time you see me” attitude. These are human beings. And, there are plenty of costcos in not as “well to do” neighborhoods just as their are plenty of Walmarts and Sam’s Clubs in a very nice neighborhoods.

    • BarackObama

      Yeah, the CEO of Costco makes no money. DUMAS.

  • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

    obviously this “owner” must NOW BE KNOWN AS A communist muslim Kenyan secular radical Christian who hates freedom and white people…………………….. ( reprinted courtesy of FOX “news”)

    • BarackObama

      You do realize the only people saying that, are liars like you, right?

      • gian keys luvs shemale porn

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        ” ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, saying that ( no comma) are liars SUCH AS you- ( again; no comma) is that correct?” (not “like” and ” right”)
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        It must be difficult being such a white trash regressive crybaby as thee; EH?

  • Eric

    50 cents an hour over minimum wage… Book the cruise! Honey! We can cover our Pinto payment now!
    4, 8, 10 or 12 hour days? How many a week max?
    If you increase that to $15 an hour…Wow!
    But, given my costs, about $25k a month, seeing another $10k in salary means… You pay $5-10 more per pie…
    Then factor the increased cost of materials due to their increased cost…add another $3-5…
    Every dollar increased is a $1.30 out of yours and mine
    Don’t watch Fox News either

    • Dan Spanfelner

      But doesn’t something have to give? Prices have gone up steadily in the last 20 years while minimum wage has not. Raising a wage = raising demand for that job, giving the employer the ability to choose THE BEST help available, not just any average joe or high school student. It’s been proven that with minimum wage increases, sometimes the labor force is reduced, but the highest portion of those laid off are high school part time students and people who are highly unqualified…

      Minimum wage raises are justified when the winners gain more than the losers lose.. IE, the people who still have jobs VS the people who get laid off. And in 2014 when the Cost of Living is beyond ridiculous, minimum wage should still be a livable wage, as it was designed to be.

      If every single person in an economy were a skilled/trained/educated worker, someone still has to pump your gas and serve your pizza and bag your groceries. Unskilled work is very inelastic and there is very high demand for it, believe it or not. Millions of people with college degrees hold minimum wage jobs, for example. Does that mean they deserve to not be paid a livable wage? Less than one percent of the American populations holds NINETY PERCENT of all the money generated per year, let’s get with the program.

      • Charles Vincent

        Yes and that employer will only hire employees that can generate profit above the minimum wage. This discriminates against low skill workers and young people with no skills entering the job market did you even read the CBO report?

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        then younger americans— as I DID when younger– acquire skills by learning on the job and thus creating the need to pay them better as they reflect value to those who hire them. I went on to break free from ” employment” by taking my very high skill set (chef) and doing my own business in a very unique application using those skills. Sadly many americans do not have what I was gifted with– an ability to easily and rapidly learn certain skills. With that gift I developed the skills needed ( socially/professionally) to plant and expand my business.
        The top 2% of income / asset holding americans don’t need all that money; except to play games of ” power” and ” keep up with the joneses” to feed their ego. GREAT americans such as bill gates donate tons of wealth and they make and run their OWN foundations. I believe that if someone is debt free and has all ( and I mean ALL) the TOYS to be acquired that person can pay substantially MORE in tax. Clinton showed that’ the expansion in the 50’s and 60’s showed that easily works; but “saint” Reagan got in bed with big big business and started the decay economically of the working middle class thru his policies.
        now we have a plutocracy ,,,,,,,
        way to go!

      • Charles Vincent

        Reagan didn’t start it, but he didn’t do well economically. When you started what did you get paid? I would bet it wasn’t 10/hour. Also look at the tax code and the shift in who paid the most in taxes

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        taxes paid by wealthy VS what they paid when??? 5 yrs ago? 10? 20? 30? 40? 50? a comparison to taxes paid by wealthy in relation to job creation and the overall economy(GDP) MUST be looked at with scrutiny to advance this conversation.

      • Charles Vincent

        Start in the 1940’s and work forward and look at corporate taxes vs individual taxes.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        correct—-and look where we are as a nation

      • Charles Vincent

        I know but why we are here is the point no one wants to admit to. Every one has some of the blame in this debacle.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        agreed,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, I will add this: regressives have shown that their ‘policies’ are not in step with what all of America needs,,,,,,,
        policies?????? ???????!!!!!!!!!!

      • Charles Vincent

        Progressives do as well mostly because they fail to see the unintended consequences of their legislative policies.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        shall we dare to compare the federal policies –over past 25 yrs– bewtween dems and repubs; and the overall impact they have had upon americans as a whole??

      • Charles Vincent

        Considering Obama is recycling Bush policies the picture isn’t as pretty as you might think.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        that’s pretty lame Charles,,,,,,,,,,,,,and 25 yrs is way past those 2 fellas

      • Charles Vincent

        Still only includes Clinton and he cooked the books and furthered the government spying apparatus, and two years of Bush Sr.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        having a tough time with facts U do not enjoy? archetypal!!

      • Charles Vincent

        Nope it’s relatively simple and even you agreed that Clinton cooked the books.

      • gian keysTOOEASY flat mom

        Clinton surplus.
        repubs huge deficits
        =============================
        U were ” saying”?>??

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • Charles Vincent

        Ahh you admitted to Clinton cooking the books what are you talking about T. You have a short memory. I believe you called it a technicality…

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

        sorry; O steatopygous chuckie: mustve been someone else abusing U
        — pray tell: are U still having a difficult time recognizing ACTION vs NON ACTION(s)?
        democrats/ surplus and job creation and equality for all americans
        repubs/ debt and deficits and paucity of jobs
        ,,,,,,,,,,,and those tricky wars and deaths!!

      • Charles Vincent

        Well hello sock-puppet imitator. DIACF troglodyte.

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      • BarackObama

        “regressives have shown that their ‘policies’ are not in step with what all of America needs”

        mindless.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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        shall we start with the comparative (federal) policies of republicans VS democrats over the past 25 yrs; and the subsequent effect upon ALL americans?
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      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • BarackObama

        they do pay more in tax.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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        when Clinton RAISED tax upon the wealthy the economy roared.
        when GW bush DROPPED taxes upon the wealthy we had lowest job creation IN HISTORY and we all see how that ended in 2007-08
        ———————————————————————
        care to try again?

      • Cait Macanliss

        How much profit does a cashier generate? How much profit does a guy stocking shelves generate? I mean other than by being a good employee and doing his own job well and fast so that his employer only needs him and not three people to do a job? How much does education increase these folks’ ability to generate a profit in those jobs? Wouldn’t health care- allowing them to work faster, to keep their family healthier (meaning less work missed) do the same?

      • Charles Vincent

        A cashier only generates profit when they are expedient at checking customers out. I would also think that the stock boy generates profit in a similar way to the cashier. Well if one person can do the job of three then their will be two people out of a job. What kind of education are you talking about?

    • Hank

      Federal minimum wage as of TODAY is $7.25/hr (actually it is less in MN but they must adhere to fed law). Punch raised their wages last year and the MN min wage hike legislation passed in April 2014 (two months ago). Min wage will be $8 in August and $9.50 in 2016.

  • Stephen Barlow

    Henry Ford became RICH with EXACTLY THE SAME concept.

    Well paid employees are not only more productive, they are LOYAL.

    But that was when a pension was a pension and a commitment by a Company was based on Honor and Fidelity.

  • ImaMe

    It’s not just about raising wages, it’s about giving a crap about your employees. I know someone who has a great paying job but is incredibly unhappy cuz of how the business is ran. No one knows wth is going on most of the time, orders get all screwed up, people aren’t actually working but F’ing around then blame other shifts if work doesn’t get finished and the foreman believe them. It’s an absolute nightmare.

  • BarackObama

    “So here we have a small business deciding to raise its wages, leading to ”
    more loyal and happier employees. This has also brought about an increase in sales, which has resulted in the ability for the company to expand and grow.”

    UMMMM.. NO. The increase is because they happen to **already** have an increase in sales. Nobody hires 50 people unless they have a lot of new work to do. Having to hire 50 people, shocker, might mean you have some extra cash.

    see:

    “We are hiring 50 new people and it’s a million dollar investment. We’ve seen a big jump in sales and I think part of that is because people feel connected to the investment we are making,” Puckett said.

    Good for this company. the number of small mom and pop shops that can afford to hire 50 new people just like that.???? probably .01%

    Now.. existing businesses, jacking up wages 50% means that money has to come from SOMEWHERE. Since the company isnt really expanding.. it comes from money to pay workers. or the owner. If it comes from worker money, then there are going to be fewer people. meaning more work.

    Odds are, the owner isnt going to lose money and break even. At some point, the risk of potentially losing everything isnt worth the risk for a few extra dollars.

    • giankeys luvs shemale porn

      do U own a business? no? then U are NOT qualified to comment upon what businesses do. I am a business owner– u do NOt have a clue as 2 operate businesses except what U suck out of FOX “news” diatribe

      • BarackObama

        You know how I can tell you are a dumas?

        You ask a question and then answer it for me, then pontificate and debate based on the answer in your head.

        Go beg a question to someone else.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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        NOTE: it is spelled DUMBASS
        ==================================
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      • BarackObama

        I would help you to understand what is a dumas, but I see you need to spend your critical thinking time on spelling.

      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • giankeys luvs shemale porn

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      • BarackObama

        I see your business is not selling grammar books.

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  • guest1

    The wait staff did not receive this added wage. They make the same and work for tips. I talked to our waitress about this and she said her tips have actually decreased because customers think she is making $10 an hour plus tips, which is not the case. Why don’t they mention this fact in the articles???

    • JMinneapolis

      I don’t think you’re talking about the same restaurant. They do not have wait staff- you walk up to the counter to order.

  • Ted

    Wow. So a company that offers higher wages will attract more candidates, who will in turn work harder to retain said higher wages. Sounds like Econ 101 to me. I agree, that’s why I hold a job that pays well above minimum wage… and its not because my employer is forced to do so. The fact that the brilliant Rachel fails to mention is why she feels entitled to tell other people how much they should pay. Are we not a nation of freedoms? Freedoms to hire motivated employees or unmotivated if we prefer. Take a look at what these minimum wage laws are doing to our mentally handicap work force. They haven’t many options and in many cases their self esteems are highly dependent on living “normal” lives being gainfully employed. Rachel could care less, I guess.

  • Craig Stellmacher

    Punch Pizza is a great place to eat I’ll attest, and I’ll head back knowing this.

  • Terryl Terrell

    Here is the funny thing about the majority of the people who don’t want minimum wage raised to a living wage. Most of them, although they may not notice probably have their quality of life improved daily by people that make minimum wage. The people that wash and park your expensive cars, the people that clean up your filth in restaurants, the ones that make your food, clean your hotel rooms, homes, watch your kids, everything.

    They are not simply some untouchable class of citizens who deserve to be where they are. How about you take a week off of your spoiled lives and do things for yourselves. Don’t eat out, clean your own clothes instead of sending them to the cleaners, if you stay in a hotel, clean your own room and make your own bed. Take your own trash to the dump. Anything that you consider “beneath your station in life”, everything you take for granted like the cashier who checks you out at the register, the person that cleans the restrooms at your favorite store, where you can afford to shop but the employees there can’t, go without.

    you think you are so much better than everyone else? Then go without the services of the working class for awhile. Go without any services of anyone making less than a living wage and see how comfortable your life is. Otherwise shut up. Raising the minimum wage to avliving wage isn’t going to hurt you or these bilion dollar corporations who pay useless executives bonuses for doing a bad job.

    • Ted

      Funny thing is most the people against raising the minimum wage are the hard working folks who already do all that stuff themselves anyway. They know what hard work is and balk at all the fancy pants democrats who want, no need, others to work harder and pay more only so they can take, take, take. You want more wages for other people, who’s stopping you? Give them everything you have. But don’t get all high and mighty and tell me what I need to do.

      Just because you like eating out every night, leaving a 30% tips you cant afford, getting your clothes cleaned and folded for you and all that other BS, doesn’t make you a victim. It makes you an idiot. I’ll continue to take care of myself, save my money, and reinvest into business that providing jobs, products, and enrich the capital assets of this country.

      Also, do some research before you spout your mouth. Minimum wage workers make up 4.5% of the workforce. 60% of which work as waitstaff or bartenders that receive tips as a significant portion of their wages (in many cases an additional 25-50%), the remaining 2% are young workers age 16-25 and immigrants holding their first jobs. Who are you saving? All a increased minimum wage will do is put more money in waitstaff’s pockets and reduce the number of young people and immigrants getting the on the job experience that they so desperately need.

      • Terryl Terrell

        Seriously? What makes you think I don’t take care of myself? I cook my meals, do my own shopping and wash my own clothes. I live within my means. But I sure seem to have hit a nerve with you. Waitstaff make below minimum wage. About $2.15 an hour. They also have to split their tips with the bartenders and bus staff. Sounds like you are the one uneducated. I have worked my whole life to be where I am.

        But you keep watching Fox news. Believe that others are takers. If you ever receive anything that people consider a benefit, you will have to eat your own words. These workers that make less than a living wage are not the ones taking from the government. The corporations that they work for are. They get the welfare and cost the taxpayers more money than all the people on living wage do. Why don’t you check out how much you pay in taxes to subsidize the corporations that won’t pay a living wage, versus what taxes you pay towards government food stamp programs. You know, try a source from an unbiased fact site.

  • Mike Bell

    So the author is saying business owners need a government mandate to make them pay workers more so there business will be more successful,?

    • Ted

      Nice, Mike. Gotta love public choice economics 🙂

  • yeti7557

    Well, with the mark up of pizza-making supplies being over 600%, it’s no wonder they have the money to do it.