Rep. Dennis Ross Opposes Raising Minimum Wage for Americans

Shaneeka Rainer, who works at Arby’s for minimum wage, recently asked Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL) at a town hall to support a raise in the minimum wage, which hasn’t been raised since 2007.

Rep. Ross was unmoved by Rainer’s plea. “It’s not right,” the Florida Republican said. “If we are going to make it a living wage, who’s going to pay for it?”

An audience member declared that he’d gladly pay slightly more for a hamburger in order to increase the minimum wage, prompting applause from the crowd.

Rainer asked the congressman whether he would be willing to come work at Arby’s with him for one day so he can see how difficult minimum wage work is, but Ross demurred. Instead, he railed against the very notion of a minimum wage and even the concept of labor laws in general. “If the government’s going to tell me how much I can get paid and when I can work and when I can’t work, then we have a serious problem in this country,” Ross said.

Of course, minimum wage laws never tell employees how much that can be paid, but rather tell the employer the very lowest amount of money that is legal to pay a worker. The worker is free to earn more than minimum wage.

(Source: ThinkProgress.org)

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