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Minimum wages hurt the working poor

Job losses resulting from minimum wages disproportionately affect the most vulnerable members of the workforce.

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The B.C. government recently announced it will increase the minimum wage in September to $10.45 per hour. Thereafter, annual increases will be automatically pegged at the rate of inflation.

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The perennial debate regarding income inequality ebbs and flows but never disappears. For a variety of reasons, including the backlash against corporate bailouts in 2009 (well deserved), the election and re-election of Barack Obama, and a deluge of reports spanning the political spectrum, income inequality has vaulted to the front of the public’s concerns. Unfortunately, the discussion of inequality is almost always fundamentally misstated because it ignores income mobility.