If we were to raise the minimum wage, I believe we should be looking at the economic impact it would make in each region of the state. We do not need to raise it all at once nor do we need to have it the same in an urban environment as a rural environment. Take what Oregon did as an example of the different tier systems of a minimum wage, as a business owner in Bend, Oregon would have different economic problems from a Portland, Oregon owner. The results were a higher min wage in the bigger cities such as Portland and lowered in the smaller rural areas such as Ontario, Oregon. The efforts should be similar in Nevada and Idaho if we ever did decide to raise it. Rural Nevada and Idaho businesses in places such as Winnemucca, Elko, Fallon, Fruitland, Twin Falls and McCall might have a different economic risk of raising the minimum wage over a Reno, Las Vegas, Sparks, Henderson, Boise, Nampa or Meridian for example.
I do know politically that the minimum wage raises in states didn’t have a conservative vs. liberal slant as many reliably red states voted for increases in our 2016 elections. I do understand that economically the low-skilled workers are at a disadvantage with min wage hikes, but I also would like to study what automation will do to some of these jobs in 5-6 years, as there is a pretty good argument training the low-skilled laborers with better education so they can be employable with universal education or free technical schools can be helpful. There are also estimations that automation might destroy the whole min wage argument since robots can work for long hours without all these benefits too! I enjoy this debate though and can see both sides of the coin, but business has a massive advantage at this point, and the field needs to be level for us to prosper economically.
– Tommi Asylum