During the 2016 campaign, Catherine Pugh was one of dozens of Democratic politicians calling for the implementation of a $15 per hour minimum wage.There are likely other Democrat policies at work making Baltimore less friendly to business than surrounding counties are. That implies a possibility for new policies, to produce a business climate and a labor force such that employers will compete for Baltimore workers, and offer more than minimum wage for their services. That offer more, dear reader, is the key. Human capital analyses that stop with "those workers are not worth the hire" neglect the more important challenge, which is equipping people -- preferably when they are still young and capable of cashing in on a productive lifetime -- with the human capital to fill those jobs.
Since being elected mayor of Baltimore in November, though, Pugh has changed her mind about the merits of forcing employers to pay such a high hourly rate. Last week, Pugh announced she would veto a $15 minimum wage bill passed by city council, citing concerns about how it would hurt the city's economy, nonprofits and charities working in the city, and the city government's bottom line.
After doing "some research," Pugh said at a press conference on March 24, "it is not appropriate at this time that I will sign this bill, so I am vetoing this bill."
Pugh said the bill would not be in the best interest of Baltimore's 76,000 unemployed workers and would drive businesses out of the city to the surrounding counties.
BALTIMORE IS WHAT DEMOCRATS DO.
The place is a petri dish of failed Democrat policies. You'd think after fifty years of Great Society error they'd think again. Let the mugging by reality begin. A city minimum wage of $15 per hour only makes for more misery.