One dollar bills have been dropped into a tip jar at a car wash in Brooklyn, N.Y., Oct. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Is $20 An Hour The New $15?

In an unbelievable clip from Atlanta, Hillary Clinton supporter LaTonya Allen, claimed that the new minimum wage should be $20 an hour. To quote her directly:

“The wages do not help us. We need to make 15 – actually we need to make it 20 dollars an hour.”

Clearly LaTonya has done extensive work with economic analysis and and has intricately studied the long term implications of upping the minimum wage. I am sure she has read this report highlighting that at $15 an hour, her home state of Georgia would lose 329,000 jobs in the next few years. Or this report showing that after #WeWant15 happened in many cities, Wendys started using robots instead of workers. Or this study that said for every $1 increase to the minimum wage, there is a 14% increase of a midlevel restaurant going out of business.

LaTonya, I have a simple question. Why stop at $20? Let’s get serious about inequality and demand that everyone make $40 an hour to really stick it to the man. After all, there is just as much economic evidence for $40 an hour as there is $20.

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