Look across the US and you will see significantly different incomes among the states. Property taxes and other expenses vary greatly. Live as middle income in one state and move to live much better.
So why do we think it wise to impose a $15.00 minimum wage in every state?
According to the living wage calculator from MIT, a single worker in New York needs $15.56, in Mississippi $10.89, Alabama $11.24 Montana $10.97 in West Virginia $10.83 and in California $14.99 for a living wage.
We can debate the viability of each number as a living wage, but it’s clear that one size does not fit all.
What are the consequences, the impact on the economies, the cost of living and even taxes in Mississippi, Montana or West Virginia if a “living wage” suitable for New York and California is imposed on them?