It sounds good when State Rep. Brigid Kelly, D-Cincinnati, says, “The promise of America is that it is supposed to be the land of opportunity, where if you work hard, you can succeed, and you can get ahead.”
It sounds good, that is, until Kelly stipulates that she wants the government to tell businesses how much they should pay their workers.
Kelly is seeking to increase Ohio’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by Jan. 1, 2023. The House Commerce and Labor Committee held its first hearing on her House Bill 34 last week.
We always thought in this land of opportunity that a person who owns a business should determine the wages he or she pays. It’s really quite simple. To keep employees, a business owner will pay a wage its workers deem respectable. Anything less could see the business having a hard time keeping employees and filling jobs. We are seeing that right now with today’s tight labor market.
The government has enough problems of its own. When it comes to wages, Uncle Sam and state Rep. Kelly should mind their own business.