It is too bad that businesses and non-profit organizations didn’t speak up louder and more often about the minimum wage. Perhaps the politicians wouldn’t have passed the bill, if everyone clearly understood that the price of food and clothing would go up if the minimum wage was increased, and that some non-profit organizations would be forced to cut their services.
I just received a letter from the YMCA, informing me that even for Y members, there will now be a $20.00 per class charge for swimming classes. The reason for this increase was that the labor costs at the YMCA were going up, due to the minimum wage. Guess what? Some people will now drop their YMCA memberships, and the YMCA will be less able to serve the community.
Nearly all of the swimming instructors there are part time, and there has been an adequate supply of excellent instructors. I suspect that most of them are not really doing it for the money, although the extra few dollars they earn is nice. Let’s not be surprised if some of them lose their jobs, due to decreased demand for classes at the increased price.