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Minimum Wage Advocates Now Want $21 Per Hour

Remember last month, when a $147 billion budget deal in New York included a job-killing hike to a $15 per hour minimum wage, didn’t seem to satisfy radical leftists? When, rather than celebrating their ‘Fight for $15’ victory, instead complained it should have been $20 per hour?

We’ll, it wasn’t a joke apparently.

The leader of a union-funded minimum wage advocacy group was recently caught on video saying “$15 is not a livable wage” and that people need to start “talking much higher $17, $21.”

Via the Daily Caller:

The leader of a group fighting to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour revealed she actually wants an increase that goes much higher, according to a video released Wednesday.

The Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC) has done a lot to advocate for the $15 minimum wage. It is one of many union-funded groups that has pushed for the policy both locally and nationally. ROC Founder Saru Jayaraman told a small group April 28 in North Carolina that $15 is not enough, and advocates should be looking to go much higher.

“If you are taking into account child care and transportation and everything that people need to live,” Jayaraman said in the video, which was provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “You are talking much higher $17, $21. So $15 is not a livable wage and I don’t think anyone, I hope no one is claiming that it is. I wouldn’t think that it is even here in North Carolina.”

Why not just pay people eleventy billion dollars per hour? Or pay their wages in unicorn fur? Both are equally as realistic.

Watch the video below…

Jeremy Adler, Communications Director for America Rising Squared, writes “it’s clear from this video that their true motives are to make the minimum wage even higher, which would eliminate even more jobs and significantly weaken our economy.”

We recently posted a guest column from a business owner who explained that the impending $15/hour minimum wage would be devastating to his business.

Todd Tesman wrote, “This incredibly damaging progressive brainstorm will be the death of small businesses state wide.”

What would $21 per hour do?

Rusty Weiss

Rusty Weiss is a freelance journalist focusing on the conservative movement and its political agenda. He has been writing conservatively charged articles for several years in the upstate New York area, and his writings have appeared in the Daily Caller, American Thinker,, Big Government, the Times Union, and the Troy Record. He is also Editor of one of the top conservative blogs of 2012, the Mental Recession.

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