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Unintended consequences: Seattle minimum wage increase fail

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Unintended consequences: Seattle minimum wage increase fail

You honestly can’t make this sort of thing up.

This story is an excellent example of the confusion caused in people’s lives when government becomes the primary control over their sense and source of well-being.

A Seattle-area nonprofit observed some workers recently asking for reduced hours, as they feared that their higher wages now put them at risk of losing housing subsidies. …

For example, she said last week, five employees at one of her organization’s 24-hour care facilities for Alzheimer’s patients asked to reduce their hours in order to remain eligible for subsidies. They now earn at least $13 an hour, after they increased wages at all levels in April, Gibson said.