Conflicting minimum wage reports are circling around the Seattle mayo’s office, and recent reports from the Washington Free Beacon have liberal politicians caught red-handed.
Thanks to a Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington Free Beacon, reporters got access to a series of emails between Democratic Mayor Ed Murray, a supposedly unbiased UC Berkeley research team and a major PR firm. What they found has blown the lid off of a major collusion scheme among the three parties to mislead voters on the state’s failing minimum wage policy.
Seattle has always been at the forefront of the “Fight for $15” movement, clawing its way to the top in order to reach that sweet spot for living wage.
Mayor Murray, who announced that he wouldn’t be running for reelection recently, hoped that he and his crew could get ahead of a new report suggesting that the latest increase to $13 an hour had done more to hurt than help the city and its people.
The study by the University of Washington says the city’s minimum wage policy has particularly hurt entry-level and low-skilled workers, and Mayor Murray couldn’t have that news damage his agenda.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, Mayor Murray’s office contacted UC Berkeley economist Michael Reich for his staunch pro-minimum wage stances. Reich was enlisted then to push out a quick, phony study to convince voters that the $13 minimum wage was actually helping them.
According to the emails obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, a member of Mayor Murray’s staff even instructed Reich to “leave the critique of the UW study until later.”
The staff member said at the time that they “don’t want your positive news to serve as a teaser for the UW study.”
Reich did exactly as instructed and made no reference to the damning report by the University of Washington in his new, “positive” paper.
The Washington Free Beacon’s report shows clear-as-day evidence of collusion by a Democratic mayor to purposefully mislead his voters with a fraudulent and biased economic report. Too bad the story will never see the light of day in the mainstream media.