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SD Democrats encouraged by Minnesota vote on min wage

by Greg Belfrage

The state Democratic Party says yesterday's vote in Minnesota is evidence that South Dakotans are likely to vote for an increase in the minimum wage.

Minnesota lawmakers approved a measure raising the state's minimum wage from $6.15 to $9.50.

The executive director of the South Dakota Democratic Party, Zach Crago, was almost jubilant when our news team spoke with him.

Crago expects South Dakotans will follow Minnesota's lead and support the effort to raise the state minimum wage from$7.25 to $8.50 an hour.

"Minnesota's vote today is confirmation that folks across the country want to reward hard work with an honest wage...and it makes me even more confident that South Dakotans will vote yes on Initiated Measure 18 later this year," Crago says.

"The more and more we talk with folks about raising the minimum wage, the more and more confident we become that South Dakotans are going to vote yes on raising the minimum wage... and that's because this issue reflects fundamental South Dakota values."

Listen to the full interview with Zach Crago HERE .

Crago is out to lunch if he thinks the writing is on the wall.

There's no comparison between the values of the liberal Minnesota legislature and conservative main street South Dakota.

Talk to any small business owner in South Dakota. Ask them what the effects of a federal or state mandated increase in the minimum wage will mean for their business and employees.

They'll tell you it may cost jobs. That's not an empty threat. If businesses are forced to raise wages for individual employees, that may mean there's no money to hire additional employees.

You'll also learn that forced increases in the minimum wage hurt more productive workers. If business owners are required to start brand new employees at a higher wage, that means less revenue for raises for more experienced workers.

If businesses can't or don't cut expenses, they'll often be forced to raise prices to cover the higher wages. Congratulations, you're now paying higher prices nearly everywhere you go.

The government mandated minimum wage is just one more liberal wealth redistribution scheme. It takes money from some and gives it to others. Productive employees will find their work less likely to be rewarded while beginning and unproductive employees will be making more money. I've yet to see a liberal plan that doesn't punish the producers in our country.

Read more from the CATO Institute: The Negative Effects of Minimum Wage Laws

One last thought.

If the state Democratic Party is so deeply in touch with South Dakotans... why do they have such a hard time finding candidates and winning seats in the state legislature?

Greg Belfrage @belfrageshow is heard 6am-9am on KELO 1320 AM and 107.9 FM. Greg can be contacted at greg.belfrage@mwcradio.com.