As I sift through all this minimum wage stuff and the different rates for different people, which is really beyond comprehension, I think of the value of having actually met a payroll.
Small business people who have to support themselves, pay their vendors, and have employees who depend on them to make good on the promise every week on the same day.
Even if business is slow or cash is short, there's the moral and legal obligation to pay employees before you pay yourself. If it gets bad, you have to let people go or cut hours, but that makes it hard to keep good people.
Meeting a payroll, week after week, year after year for decades.
All these state officials ruminating about the wage and the effect on this and that have most likely never had that experience.
They've never filled out a 941 or pondered the effect of layoffs on their unemployment premium. These lawmakers, save maybe a guy like B-bush, talk out of both sides, and because prompted by the media now are worried about "unintended consequences" to NFPs.
And the Governor....never signed a paycheck, ever.
So when we report here (yes, I can say "report" now) of the local restaurant owner who pegs the cost to him of wage board edicts at $30K, it's an inconvenient truth for Albany, but one happening this week in thousands of NY businesses.
This year business was pretty good, but I've had years when you wondered if the lights will be on tomorrow. Just enduring is a source of satisfaction and I just got my license renewal notice and I'll re-up for another two years, if for no other reason that you just can't let the bastards beat you.