Michigan’s Republican legislature and Republican governor just raised the state’s minimum wage because it was just easier to cave into progessivism than to explain to voters why raising the minimum wage was a bad idea. (And, besides, big business likes the minimum wage because it eliminates smaller competitors.)
Mr. Mosley’s popular restaurant was a nonprofit and served as a training tool for participants in Life Challenge of Michigan, a nondenominational, faith-based organization he directs. Life Challenge, Mr. Mosley told me, is a refuge for people who have “bottomed out,” often due to alcohol and substance abuse. After a six-month period of detox and spiritual education, the program shifts to focus on practical skills, like building a budget, finding a job, and keeping a daily routine.
That’s what the restaurant helped provide. The staff at Tastes of Life was made up of recovering addicts, recently incarcerated individuals and others who would have a hard time landing a job elsewhere. Mr. Mosley explained that on-the-job offenses for which an employee would have been “gone that day” in a traditional work setting were instead used as training opportunities at Tastes of Life.
The restaurant had lost money in the past, and Mr. Mosley subsidized the operation through Life Challenge. But with the higher wage costs, the arrangement was no longer feasible, and Tastes of Life closed on Sept. 28. (The news was first reported in the Hillsdale Collegian.)
Yeah, raisin’ the minimum wage; real compassionate of you social justice warriors.