Pro-gun Parkland activist David Hogg proposed on his Twitter account to raise the minimum wage in poorer communities so people are incentivized to get jobs and not get involved in crime.
Hogg explained the idea in response to criticism on his support for a “living wage”:
The $15 minimum wage is to help spur gun violence in lower income communities so kids don’t have to resort to crime to subsidize their income help raise their family. Right now it’s right around the anniversary Pulse nightclub
— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 11, 2018
On Monday, the National Review reported how a recent study from University of California, Irvine economists David Neumark and Brittany Bass, as well as Brian Asquith of the National Bureau of Economic Research, showed higher minimum wages actually increase poverty and do not create more wealth for workers in the long term:
The study states:
We find evidence that higher minimum wages lead, in the longer run, to increases in poverty and the share of families on public assistance. We find some evidence that the EITC [earned income tax credit, a benefit available to the working poor] has positive longer-run employment effects. We do not generally find significant evidence of longer-run effects of the EITC on poverty or public assistance [except in certain alternative analyses]. . . . Finally, we find evidence that more generous welfare benefits lead to higher poverty and public assistance in the longer-run. Perhaps the most robust important conclusion is that a higher minimum wage and more generous welfare benefits do not reduce poverty and reliance on public assistance in the longer-term.
Hogg is currently traveling the country in preparation for the pro-gun control Parkland activists’ March for Our Lives: Road to Change bus tour:
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— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 9, 2018
— Vote November 6th (@davidhogg111) June 9, 2018
The tour is designed to register voters and tell voters about their representatives’ ties to the National Rifle Association. It will stop in states such as Iowa, Texas, California, South Carolina, and Connecticut.