Gary Johnson Is An Out-Of-Touch Millionaire Who Wants To Abolish the Minimum Wage

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Gary Johnson Is An Out-Of-Touch Millionaire Who Wants To Abolish the Minimum Wage

Gary Johnson doesn’t believe in the concept of a minimum wage and as governor, he repeatedly vetoed minimum wage increases. If Johnson had his way, he would end collective bargaining, and take America back to a time when workers had no rights.

WATCH: JOHNSON ON THE MINIMUM WAGE

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JOHNSON OPPOSES THE EXISTENCE OF THE MINIMUM WAGE

  • Johnson Would Abolish The Minimum Wage And Questioned Why The Government Should Set A Minimum Wage. “Examiner: “Democrats and liberals are pushing for a higher minimum wage, as high as $15 an hour at the federal level. Some states and cities have adopted that. What do you think the minimum wage should be, or should we have one at all?” Johnson: “I think everybody’s missing the boat. I think we should go straight to $75 an hour. I mean, come on, let’s really be prosperous … Well, I think when you say “$75 an hour,” I think people get it. “Well, gee, we can’t do $75.” Well, how is it that we can do $15? Come on. Minimum wage is minimum wage, and the government’s going to determine that minimum wage? I do not think government should be involved in this. I think it eliminates jobs, I think that people starting out in the job market, that they should be given all the opportunity they can to get the jobs that may or may not be available. But government picking a number, and they’re going to pick $15, and gee how does that work with the accompanying inflation that always goes along with this? That in my lifetime, I’m sure that a McDonald’s hamburger at some point is going to be $6.” Examiner: “Would you keep the existing $7.25 an hour federal minimum wage, or would you move to abolish it?” Johnson: “I would sign legislation to abolish it. I don’t think it should be established and I, having been in business, having employed a thousand people myself, the minimum wage was never an issue. Meaning, somebody that showed up on time and wore clean clothes, you know what? That was not a minimum-wage job. That was something much higher.” [Washington Examiner, 7/10/16]

JOHNSON VETOED MINIMUM WAGE INCREASES AS GOVERNOR

  • 1999: Johnson Vetoed A Bill To Increase The Minimum Wage To $5.15 Per Hour From $4.25. “Gov. Gary Johnson, as expected, vetoed bills Friday to keep public-employee collective bargaining alive and raise the minimum wage. The vetoes drew immediate criticism from Democratic lawmakers and labor unions. ‘It’s just a disgrace,’ fumed Sen. Phillip Maloof, D-Albuquerque, who sponsored the bill to raise the state minimum wage from $ 4.25 an hour to $ 5.15, the federal level. … The Republican governor said he vetoed the minimum-wage increase because such jobs are typically held by those entering the work force, and a higher minimum wage would result in fewer opportunities for those newcomers.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/20/99]
  • 2000: Johnson Vetoed A Bill To Raise The Minimum Wage To $5.65 With A Training Wage For Young Employees That Was 85 Percent Of The Total Minimum Wage. “Gov. Gary Johnson on Tuesday vetoed bills that would have raised the state minimum wage and tapped counties for money to expand Medicaid coverage to more adults…. The minimum-wage bill would have raised the state’s minimum from $ 4.25 to $ 5.65 an hour until July 1, 2003, and to $ 6.15 an hour after that. Johnson said it would have meant fewer opportunities for younger, entry-level workers. Even though it provided for a ‘training wage’ of 85 percent of the minimum for workers under 20, that would only have applied for the first 90 days of their employment, he said. ‘Such a provision would discourage the hiring of entry-level employees on a long-term basis, thereby limiting the opportunities of New Mexicans joining the work force for the first time,’ he wrote in a veto message.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/8/00]

JOHNSON ENDED COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC EMPLOYEES AS GOVERNOR

  • Johnson Vetoed The Bill Requiring Public Employers To Collectively Bargain With Their Unionized Workers After The Agreement Ended. “Gov. Gary Johnson, as expected, vetoed bills Friday to keep public-employee collective bargaining alive and raise the minimum wage. The vetoes drew immediate criticism from Democratic lawmakers and labor unions. ‘It’s just a disgrace,’ fumed Sen. Phillip Maloof, D-Albuquerque, who sponsored the bill to raise the state minimum wage from $ 4.25 an hour to $ 5.15, the federal level. ‘It’s obvious that the governor doesn’t care about working men and women, especially the poorest of the poor in the state,’ said Mike Shea, political coordinator for the New Mexico Federation of Labor. The law that requires public employers the state, counties, cities and school districts, for example to bargain with their unionized workers expires July 1. Johnson had said he would not sign an extension. The collective-bargaining measure was tucked into a bill extending the life of 18 other boards and commissions. The governor vetoed the entire package, but the Senate immediately passed another bill to extend those other boards.” [Santa Fe New Mexican, 3/20/99]
  • Johnson On Right To Work: “I Support It, Absolutely.” “Examiner: Getting a bit back to some economic issues, we’ve had four states in the last four years adopt right-to-work laws, the most since the 1950s. Unless I’m mistaken, New Mexico doesn’t have such a law. Do you support them? Do you think it should be a national standard? What do you think of that issue?” Johnson: “Well, I support it, absolutely. I think that, you know, you shouldn’t have to belong to a union to get a job and it’s just that simple. It doesn’t exist in New Mexico. I think that states that have adopted right-to-work prosper more.” [Washington Examiner, 7/10/16]

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