Oregon's new minimum wage law is criticized as "too low and too slow", but the "Fight For $15" crowd has given up.
The backers of a ballot measure for a $15 minimum wage ended their campaign Monday, admitting defeat after Gov. Kate Brown signed a law last week for $14.75 in Portland.
In a scornful statement, leaders of the $15 Now movement said their momentum was swept away by the new law — which they said "utterly fails" at lifting workers out of poverty.
You know, when I was starting adult life, I couldn't afford an apartment on the wages prevalent at the time, either. Back then, we had this thing we called "room-mates". If that doesn't provide the impetus to improve your skills, nothing will.
These folks seem to believe (not think, but believe) that everyone who works at a low-skill level, minimum-wage job should be able to afford an apartment or other home and get cable TV and buy food and ciggies because - well, because. I disagree. But then, I think.