Matthew Haller, 202-662-0770
Jenna Weisbord, 202-662-0766
WASHINGTON, March 5—International Franchise Association Senior Vice President of Government Relations & Public Policy Judith Thorman issued the following statement today following legislation introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) that would raise the country’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.
“Franchise small businesses have been hit hard with constant incremental cost increases that make it more difficult for them to expand and create new jobs, such as Affordable Care Act compliance costs, tax increases, hikes in commodity prices and the lack of available capital. Raising the minimum wage by nearly 30 percent will pile on additional costs on the backs of these job creators.
“Franchises provide many Americans their first job. These jobs are many times at the minimum wage, but provide workers their first step on the employment ladder. Increasing the minimum wage will not increase opportunities for these younger entry-level workers, but rather will make it harder for employers to offer these positions by driving up payroll and labor costs, in effect hurting the people proponents of raising the minimum wage want to help.”
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