Small business owners. Laura Clawson of the Daily Kos reports a surprising result from a poll of small business owners. 57% favor increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour. Even owners of small restaurants and retail shops favored the change. While the poll was conducted by a Democratic firm, most of those polled identified themselves as Republicans.
Who else should want an increased minimum wage? Conservatives who want to cut spending on food stamps. In a second article, Clawson cites a study from the Center for American Progress that claims an increase in the minimum wage would cut food stamp spending by 1.9%. That might not sound like a large number, but it would total $46 million over ten years. Republicans want to cut the program by $40 million over that time. Those Republicans should do the conservative thing and vote for an increase in the minimum wage since it would lead to an even bigger decrease in spending on food stamps. Increasing the minimum wage – an issue every conservative should love.