[Ed. – The next lemming approaches the edge of the cliff.]
North Carolina lawmakers introduced a bill on Tuesday that would raise the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $15 an hour.
The increase would happen over a five-year period.
According to Michael Napelitano, co-owner of Manicomio Pizza in downtown Asheville, his 12 to 14 employees make anywhere from $8 an hour to $14 an hour.
“Plus, they get tips. They’re more than happy to work for that type of money,” Napelitano said.
But, Napelitano said, he could not afford to meet the newly proposed $15 an hour minimum wage.
“That means I either gotta lay people off or up my prices and or both,” Napelitano said. “You wanna do it in New York City? They can absorb it. Asheville, N.C.? No damn way.”
Right now, minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Tipped employees can be paid at least $2.13 an hour as long as each employee earns enough in tips to make up the difference.
Under the new proposal, the minimum wage would slowly increase from the year 2020-24.
The sub-minimum wage would be phased out for people with disabilities and folks with more than eight years of experience.