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This Hypocritical State

Radley Balko nails it:

The workers who clean Baltimore’s Camden Yards baseball stadium are planning a hunger strike to protest their $7 per hour wages. The stadium is the largest employer of the city’s homeless day laborers. The kicker, though, is that the Maryland legislature recently passed a “living wage” bill, setting the minimum at $11.30 per hour. But while the bill covers any business with state contracts in the Baltimore area, the state government is exempt, and Camden is owned by the state of Maryland.

Such double standards aren’t new to the living wage debate. The labor activist group ACORN is largely credited with jump-starting the national living wage movement. But ACORN itself has a notoriously shabby record when it comes to paying its own workers. In fact, not only did the group once sue the state of California to exempt itself from the very living wage it helped the state to pass, ACORN actually used free market critiques of the minimum wage in its brief (ACORN argued that if it had to pay existing workers more, it wouldn’t be able to hire more workers).

Which of course makes the ridiculous defense of living wages and the artificial inflation created from them completely off base…

(Crossposted)






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