Khanna: “We don’t want low-wage businesses. Most successful small businesses can pay a fair wage.”
Progressive Democrat Ro Khanna (CA) admitted that Democrats “don’t want” small “mom and pop” restaurants and businesses that cannot afford to pay employees $15 minimum wage.
Millions of Americans are out of work due to the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. Thousands more are unemployed because of President Joe Biden’s decision to cancel the Keystone XL Pipeline. Despite the tough times, progressive Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) believes “now is the right time” for Congress to press forward with a $15-an-hour minimum wage, something they tied to the latest COVID relief package.
. . . . The most concerning aspect, however, is Khanna knows pushing up the minimum wage would be detrimental to small businesses, yet he doesn’t care.
“Businesses like Amazon and McDonald’s, for example, can and perhaps should, pay more, but I’m wondering, what is your plan for smaller businesses?” CNN’s Abby Phillip asked. “How does this, in your view, affect mom and pop businesses who are just struggling to keep their doors open, keep workers on the payroll right now?”
“Well, they shouldn’t be doing it by paying people low wages,” Khanna replied. “We don’t want low-wage businesses. Most successful small businesses can pay a fair wage.”
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office predicted raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025 would cost 1.4 million Americans their jobs over the next four years.
Anchor Abby Phillip said, “I know that you feel very strongly like many progressives about the minimum wage issue. Right now, at the same time, businesses, both large and small, are struggling in this pandemic economy, more than 9 million jobs have been lost in the last year, and they still aren’t back, and the problem is particularly acute in industries like retail and foodservice, which are more likely to pay minimum wage. I think the question that a lot of Republicans are posing and perhaps some moderate Democrats is timing. Is now the right time to increase it to $15? I should say the bill has stages, of course, but immediately it would go up about 30% right now. Is now the right time to do that?”
Khanna said, “Abby, it’s absolutely the right time to give working Americans a raise. Let’s look at the facts. Amazon raised their wage to $15 nationally, not regionally. They have more jobs today. It didn’t hurt job creation or business. Target followed. They also did it nationally, more jobs.”
Phillip said, “Large businesses like Amazon and McDonald’s, for example, can and perhaps should pay more, but I’m wondering what is your plan for smaller businesses? How does this, in your view, affect mom and pop businesses who are just struggling to keep their doors open, keep workers on pate [sic] roll right now?”
Khanna said, “Well, they should be doing it by paying people low wages. We don’t want low-wage businesses. Most successful small businesses can pay a fair wage. If you look at the minimum wage, it increased with worker productivity until 1968, and that relationship was severed. If workers were actually getting paid for the value they were creating, it would be up to $23. I love small businesses, I’m all for it, but I don’t want small businesses that are underpaying employees. It’s fair for people to be making what they’re producing. I think $15 is very reasonable in this country.”
Needless to say, people have thoughts.
"I love small businesses. I'm all for it but I don't want small businesses that are underpaying employees." — Congressman Ro Khanna
No, you're *not* for small business if you force them to adopt minimum wage hikes that lead to worker hours cut, lay offs, and cease of operation.
— Gabriella Hoffman (@Gabby_Hoffman) February 21, 2021
You'll get your wish, because if they cannot afford $15 an hour, @RoKhanna, they'll go from "low" wage businesses to "no" wage businesses. But then I suppose, as a multi-millionaire via marriage, you might be somewhat detached from what it means to work for a living. https://t.co/4mWrplb2GN
— Scribe Light (@Scribe_Light) February 21, 2021
#TheDemocrats Rep. Ro Khanna: 'We Don't Want' #SmallBusinesses That Can't Pay #BigCorp $15/Hour Minimum Wage ??? Democrats really have forgotten the American worker, they are so intent upon pushing their agenda for control. https://t.co/2XYN4SmPtA
— Wendy R. Acho (@AchoWendyR) February 21, 2021
How about you mind your own fucking business and stay out of what employers and employees agree upon. It’s not your job to decide which businesses can or can’t be allowed to survive.
— Modgi (@modgius) February 21, 2021
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