What happens when you tax the rich and raise the minimum wage? Meet one of USA’s best economies – Daily Kos

When Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton took office in 2011, Minnesota had more than a $6 billion dollar deficit and an unemployment rate of 7%. Today, Minnesota’s unemployment rate is now below 4% and they have a budget surplus of over $1.2 billion dollars. How did Mark Dayton do this? Did he heed his Republican opponent Tom Emmer’s advice?

Make no mistake, government cannot create the jobs we need to turn our economy around, but private business people can. State government can either help improve the necessary business climate – as I will do if elected governor – or it can hurt job development, as my opponents’ proposals to maintain the status quo would do. (Source: Read more)

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States That Raised Their Minimum Wages Are Experiencing Faster Job Growth – Portside

The Political Agitator Response: Oh hell no they don’t want to do that because they want to hold people right where they are. Some folks don’t want other folks to live a good life and want them to work, go to church and talk about dying and going to heaven. But damn what about while here on earth? Now that’s what up for me living now and hell with waiting til I die that is a given. Folks ya’ll better wake the hell up and make some demands while here on earth.

Think a higher minimum wage is a job killer? Think again: The states that raised their minimum wages on January 1 have seen higher employment growth since then than the states that kept theirs at the same rate.

The minimum wage went up in 13 states — Arizona, Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington — either thanks to automatic increases in line with inflation or new legislation, as Ben Wolcott reports in his analysis at the Center for Economic and Policy Research. The average change in employment for those states over the first five months of the year as compared with the last five of 2013 is .99 percent, while the average for all remaining states is .68 percent. (Source: Read more)