Seattle Raises Minimum Wage, Moves Closer to Food Desert

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Seattle has done it again.  For years, their politicians have worried about their formerly fine city becoming a food desert. For those unfamiliar with the term, here’s what Wikipedia has to say:

food desert is an area that has limited access to affordable and nutritious food, in contrast with an area with higher access to supermarkets or vegetable shops with fresh foods, which is called a food oasis. The designation considers the type and quality of food available to the population, in addition to the accessibility of the food through the size and proximity of the food stores.

So how do they decide to handle this problem? Seattle raises minimum wage, moves closer to food desert.  Forthwith, the story and the comment.

Seattle QFC announcement

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You read that correctly.  Seattle told QFC to raise the wage rate for retail grocery store employees.  In California, this has been done as “hazard pay” because of COVID.  But QFC was already paying $20 per hour, far above the minimum wage.  No matter, they were still forced to pay the hazard pay in addition.  Here’s what one Twitter writer had to say.

Seattle comment Seattle Raises Minimum Wage, Moves Closer to Food Desert

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(If you object that this is not an increase in the minimum wage because it’s called something else, please stop reading my blog.)


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About Tony Lima

Retired after teaching economics at California State Univ., East Bay (Hayward, CA). Ph.D., economics, Stanford. Also taught MBA finance at the California University of Management and Technology. Occasionally take on a consulting project if it's interesting. Other interests include wine and technology.