Here in this part of Texas, it's HS kids. Some are willing to work hard and do a good job while others can be seen slacking off more than I would want if I was the business owner, but the staff is mostly high school kids. The businesses are even proud of it. Some advertise as Now Hiring HS Students.
That's what minimum wage jobs are supposed to be about. Entry level to something that eventually gets better. The nicer places (more expensive places) have older (more experienced) wait staff. Maybe college age or late 20s. Those are not minimum wage jobs, but nearly all of them started at those entry level minimum wage jobs.
Employers will pay more than minimum wage when it makes business sense to do so. Forcing them to pay more by raising the minimum wage will only increase prices or put them out of business. The notion that they'll take less profits is hogwash.
Why is the makeup of who holds these minimum wage jobs so different here than in SoCal? I'm not sure I have a good answer for that. Anyone?
Maybe it's because Texas is a conservative state and not the welfare state that California is. Maybe the attitude is that you don't sit on your butt and have the government take care of you but you go out and take care of yourself.
They are just as dependent if not more than many of the so called welfare states you criticize.
Ironically, the best economically expanding area is the Austin/San Antonio corridor that is regarded as very liberal.
Austin is becoming liberal because all the liberals from CA who ruined this state or don't like our state tax are moving there to ruin Texas next.
There are a few points of their policy that is antithetical to conservative values. Or so they claim.
Also make sure to tell them not to live next door to a chemical factory that might blow up. The folks in West, TX found out the hard way their lives were shattered and the corporation that owned the facility only had a $1M in liability coverage. The law allows them to escape liability.
Something that was completely preventable but wasn't because of lax regulations and oversight. Not everyone believes in pulling their weight or taking responsibility for their actions in that state.
My question would be "What do the adults who have those jobs here do in Texas?" I doubt that many grownups flip burgers by choice.not4u wrote:Why is the makeup of who holds these minimum wage jobs so different here than in SoCal? I'm not sure I have a good answer for that. Anyone?
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