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Biden's Minimum Wage Plan Will Cause Childcare Costs to Soar, Experts Warn

Proposed $15 min wage would see daycare costs rise by average of 21 percent

 on 25th February 2021 @ 5.00pm
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Joe Biden's $15 minimum wage plan could hit families hard

Joe Biden's plan to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 could hit families the hardest by sending childcare costs skyrocketing, experts are warning.

Biden's administration is selling a hike in wages as a way to lift Americans out of poverty as many are left struggling through the pandemic.

However, economic experts are warning that the move is more likely to break the economy and spread more misery.

Democrats are pushing for the increase as part of Biden’s proposed $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief package, ostensibly to help struggling families.

But according to the Heritage Foundation's research fellow in economics, Rachel Greszler, raising the minimum wage would force families already struggling to pay more for daycare.

“Childcare costs would increase by an average of 21 percent — an extra $3,728 per year for two children — and up to 43 percent, or more than $6,000, in some states,” Grezler warned in a recent report published by the foundation.

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Economic expert Rachel Greszler says Biden's plan will hit struggling families hard

The minimum wage increase is especially burdensome because the child care industry is highly regulated and not easily automated, leaving few options for reducing overhead expenses, according to Western Journal.

The higher cost would be passed down to parents and rank up the share of income paid for daycare, which for some families would top out at 40 percent of their overall budget, according to Grezler.

The research fellow asserted that many in two-parent households would opt to have one parent stay home instead, exacerbating another problem Democrats supposedly care about.

“To the extent that women would be more likely to stay home than men,” Greszler theorized, “this could widen gender-based differences in the labor market.”

According to National Public Radio, women were four times as likely as men to drop out of the workforce to deal with the demands of caring for children when schools and care facilities were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If the goal is to have as many women working outside the home as possible, this prospect is especially bleak when combined with the possible hit to lifetime wages for women.

Traditionally-minded conservatives understand that mothers staying home with their children is the preferable situation whenever possible, but it shouldn’t be a choice forced by lousy government policy.

For single mothers or families who simply cannot afford for a wage earner to quit, Greszler said desperate parents could “turn to non-licensed, typically illegal, childcare.”

Although a very likely and sobering possibility, that argument is only compelling for the left when embedded in the myth of women forced into coat-hanger abortions.

Increased expenses for child care is just one of the many problems experts have predicted if employers are arbitrarily forced to pay more for unskilled labor.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has already projected a net loss of 1.4 million jobs in just four years for the wage hike.

Small business advocacy groups have warned that while big-box retailers and chain restaurants could absorb the costs, the real damage will be to mom and pop shops that epitomize the “little guys” Democrats claim to fight for — even as they treat killing small businesses simply as collateral damage.

joe biden campaigned on his  15 minimum wage plan © press
Joe Biden campaigned on his $15 minimum wage plan

Increasing the mandatory wage paid to unskilled workers also reduces the number of entry-level jobs for young or immigrant workers, contributing to their unemployment and robbing those workers of valuable future opportunities.

Still, Democrat politicians are supporting — nay, demanding — the minimum wage increase.

If the true aim is to help the middle and lower classes, implementing a policy that will kill small businesses, increase the cost of child care and kill jobs is not the way to do it.

But handouts and meager monetary increases are the gateway drugs that Democrats freely give away to get the population hooked on socialism.

They know that the media will never hold them accountable when these predictions come true.

So they can claim that mean old Republicans are withholding help to protect Big Business and that Democrats have once again come to the rescue.

The dirty little secret is that these supposedly unintended consequences will give the Democrats what they really wanted all along — as many people impoverished and dependent on the government as possible.

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