Sorry Nancy but food stamp dollars come from the taxpayers, meaning that as program spending increases, fewer dollars are available in the private sector. For example, $100 of government aid can be spent at a grocery store, which, in turn, can use that $100 to pay salaries and support other jobs, but because government borrows the $100, that same money is now unavailable to the private sector—which would have spent the same $100 with the same multiplier effect. The net effect is actually a negative because of the additional dollars taken from the private sector to pay overhead of the program and interest on the dollars borrowed.
The people the Progressive claims they are helping should be the most scared of any Progressive program, because it is the very group the Progressive claims they want to help is the group that is hurt most. Progressive programs are intended to help Progressives gain more power. The Progressive assures the masses it is they that are helped, and so with the government bribe or handout, they overwhelmingly vote for the Progressives. As the Progressive gains more power, the masses have suffered another net loss.
Prior to adopting their new minimum wage law, the Progressives of Seattle touted it to be good for the workers of Seattle. Seattle supposedly examined the costs and benefits of implementing a citywide minimum wage law. They said this citywide minimum wage law would offer local government a powerful tool for helping low-income workers and families in Seattle. Shortly after taking office, Mayor Murray formed the Income Inequality Advisory Committee (IIAC) to address a cornerstone priority of an opportunity agenda: a meaningful increase in the compensation for Seattle workers. The committee, which represented broad and diverse perspectives, was charged with delivering an actionable set of recommendations for increasing the minimum wage within the city of Seattle. They did and Seattle adopted a minimum wage of $15 per hour.
What we now know is that Seattle's move a few years ago to gradually increase the local minimum wage to $15 an hour has caused low-wage workers to lose money due to reduced working hours, according to a new study. The study by researchers at the University of Washington found that earnings for low-wage employees fell by an average of $125 per month in 2016 because the ordinance caused a 9% decrease in the number of hours worked. This is before we the full effect of the new ordinance. The minimum required way has yet to reach the full $15 per hour.
Many of the very people this law was to help are now unemployed due to small businesses being forced to lay off workers, or worse, to go out of business. This was predicted, because it always happens. Eventually all will adjust to the higher minimum wage, but it will still have a negative effect due to higher prices that must be charged due to higher costs to the business. Progressives and governments work on theory. Businesses operate in reality. Businesses are based on mathematics. The business person still understands that they cannot operate a business when expenditures equal or exceed revenue.
The Seattle minimum wage ordinance has increased expenditures for Seattle businesses. These businesses must lower expenditures by firing people, or they must raise revenue by raising prices and hope the public will pay that price, or they must go out of businesses. That is reality Progressives.