The attempt by Seattle’s socialist councilmember Kshama Sawant to hurt the city’s economy by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour may finally be stalling, as small business owners are making their voices heard about the negative impact of her misguided economic priorities.
Helping slow Sawant down are her most recent comments which prove her how out of touch with economic reality mindset. Sawant said, “In order to be a franchisee, you need to be very, very wealthy.”
Sawant’s lack of understanding about how it’s possible for someone in the middle class to purchase a franchise restaurant was highlighted in the recent Puget Sound Business Journal story. It also appears that at least one of Sawant’s city council colleagues is having second thoughts about the minimum wage plan being pushed by Sawant, organized labor and Mayor Ed Murray.
Councilmember Tom Rasmussen said “he’s not sure how franchises should be counted under the plan, adding that others are ‘generalizing to say these are very wealthy people with deep pockets.’”