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On Capitol Report: Minimum wage, precious metals, and ending balance


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 2 months ago

According to the SBA:

Small firms: • Represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms. • Employ half of all private sector employees. • Pay 44 percent of total U.S. private payroll. • Generated 65 percent of net new jobs over the past 17 years. • Create more than half of the nonfarm private GDP.

Please stop repeating that Target and WalMart will be the only businesses taking a hit. Above are the facts, not make believe. Small businesses who work on limited margins will be the businesses who take a hit. WalMart can afford to pay more, downtown Lawrence businesses can not.


Armstrong 1 year, 2 months ago

I don't suppose any of the enlightened have realized raising the minimum wage is a pass through expense that ends up in cost of goods. Nah, didn't think so


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

Why don't all you minimum wage types, take your money and invest in a business, then have the government tell you who (What gender, color, or disability) you HAVE to hire, then enjoy them telling you how MUCH you HAVE to pay them. What days you have to let them have off with pay, you have to provide them medical insurance, while all the time watching over half of them slack, while you are trying to get enough together to pay corporate taxes so almost half the population does not have to work... God Bless America


Stain 1 year, 2 months ago

Minimum wage was worth over $10 in the 1960s. The economy boomed. Jobs were plentiful. Anyone could work their way through college then.

Min wage should be $10 right now. And it should be increased ever year so it doesn't get so behind.


tomatogrower 1 year, 2 months ago

Check out this article about Brownback's lack of math skills, otherwise known to us "dark spiritual people" as lying through your teeth.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 2 months ago

How about making yourself valuable to your employeer, and EARNING your wages? Why do losers always have their hands out for everything as long as they don't have to pay for it?


rockchalk1977 1 year, 2 months ago

On the minimum wage, the so called "progressives" won't be happy until a Big Mac costs $20.


just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 2 months ago

"Dan Widder, a city councilman in Ulysses, testified in favor of Senate Bill 130, which would allow local government entities to invest in precious metals, such as gold and silver."

That's gotta be one of the stupidest ideas to come out of a legislature that deals almost exclusively in stupid ideas.


Pepe 1 year, 2 months ago

It would seem like increasing the minimum wage would also cause an increase in unemployment. Speaking as an employer, if I can afford to spend $14.50/hour in wages and the minimum wage is suddenly raised from $7.25/hour to $9/hour, it does not mean that my ability to pay wages is going to change -- what it means is that one of my employees will have to be let go and me and the rest of the employees will have to work harder. In other words, an increase in the minimum wage does not equal a corresponding increase in the employer's ability to pay wages. It would seem like the weakest members of society (i.e., those who have a hard time even competing for a minimum wage job) would be getting the shaft because they would be the ones getting laid off and bearing the brunt of this.


Steven Gaudreau 1 year, 2 months ago

When minimum wage was $2.65, was anyone besides a tipped employee, who really make $20 an hour, getting pd that wage? I was a bus boy at the age of 14 in 1980 and was making $5 an hr. My paper route wages would have averaged about $7 an hr. I mowed lawns which netted $10 an hr. I did these things before I was 16 yrs old and during the $2.65 min wage. My point is, nobody pd that wage because the labor market demanded a more competitive wage. Minimum wage jobs are for 17 yr olds, not to support a family of four. My real point is adults earning minimum wage have a bad work ethic and are paid accordingly.


Bob_Keeshan 1 year, 2 months ago

"Raising the minimum wage in 2009 was immediately followed by a recession in this state and big budget shortfalls. Had the minimum wage instead been eliminated, our economy would have been booming."

-- The Kansas Chamber Book of Logic, page 36


question4u 1 year, 2 months ago

"House Speaker Ray Merrick, R-Stilwell, raised some eyebrows at his weekly news conference when he said maintaining a 7.5 percent ending balance wasn't a priority for him." "State law requires the state have a 7.5 percent balance at the end of the fiscal year."

So, state law is not a priority for Ray Merrick. What else is new? The extremists in Topeka have shown again and again that state law and the state constitution mean nothing to them if those stands in the way of their plans to eliminate taxes for the wealthy. Brownback's "experiment" requires raising taxes on the poor and middle-class homeowners, restricts workers' rights, siphons money from KDOT, and undermines education, but even that's not enough. It can't survive unless the constitution is changed and state law is broken.

Law in Kansas? We don't need no stinking law? We have the Kansas Chamber of Commerce pulling the strings. Welcome to the third world USA.

Oh, and welcome to the third century too. The Westboro Baptist Church is not the only organization in Kansas intent upon driving people away from Christianity. Kansas has Dave DePue too! There's nothing like a sanctimonious hypocrite to make the Church look good. What did Jesus say about judging others? When you're praying for Lawrence, make sure to say a prayer or two for Dave DePue, who may need to do some fast talking on the Day of judgment.

The New Testament is the perfect guide for a moral life. If only people like Ray Merrick and Dave DePue would actually read it!


Bob Forer 1 year, 2 months ago

Quote of the week:

"Target prayer for dark spiritual areas of SE Kansas, Lawrence, KCKS, North Johnson County — ask God to restore the land." From a prayer list compiled by Dave DePue, volunteer pastor for Capitol Commission.

So I guess according to Pastor DePue, we are a bunch of godless heathens in Lawrence. Nicest thing anyone said about me all week.


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