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Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bobby Jindal Speaks "No" Minimum Wage Hike for His Constituents! (Big Business)



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An exemplary money grabber speaks out against raising the minimum wage.
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Apparently, the Governors meeting at the White House was considered somewhat congenial and productive. Or, at least that is what some media reported.

Some governors never pass on opportunity to appeal to constituents who are obvious not people who cast votes during elections.  


Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal exited the meeting, joined other governors at the White House microphone and fired-off oratory that at least one governor felt was out-of-place grandstanding.  We have posted a RePost.US video below, but first allow me a minute of opine.

Bobby Jindal was obviously speaking to people who provide financial support for political campaigns. It was as if, he was saying, "....Look at me, I am doing your bidding, I do not care if I am governor of a state with citizens who could seriously benefit from an increase in the federal minimum wage, I am here for you business owners, Koch brothers and fellow conservatives."

Re.Post.US

Jindal Rebuttal Over Minimum Wage (via Repost Video News)
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and his Connecticut Democratic counterpart, Dannel Malloy, squared off over the minimum wage after they and other governors met with President Barack Obama.
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MSNBC's, Chris Matthews, Hardball broadcast a segment related to the White House Microphone opportunity. His guest Michael Steele former RNC Chair, and Connecticut Governor Malloy sat for a great point-counterpoint segment.

http://on.msnbc.com/1gACoID



Why would Jindal 'go there' once the cameras started to roll?   All politicians solicit and accept contributors for donors. Donor sources include Political Action Committees (PACS), personal donors and business contributors. 

Why would the governor of a state with no current state minimum wage speak singularity as the anti-minimum wage governor? The answer escapes me.  If we run through a bit of data related to minimum wage, occupations that generally exit at the lower end of the income scale, we will find jobs that Jindal's Louisiana has in abundance. 

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Minimum wage by U.S. state and U.S. territory (American SamoaGuamPuerto RicoVirgin Islands), as of January 1, 2014.


  States with minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate
  States and territories with minimum wage rates the same as the federal rate
  States with no state minimum wage law
  States and territories with minimum wage rates lower than the federal rate
  Territory with varied minimum wage rates lower than the federal rate

Louisiana is a state that relies on tourist dollars from its hospitality, gaming and service sector jobs.


Wiki provides a review of jobs most affected by the federal minimum wage, the data is a bit age, but for points of reference the data works very well.

Jobs affected by the minimum wage

The jobs that are most likely to be directly affected by the minimum wage are the ones that pay a wage close to the minimum.
According to the May 2006 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates,[105] the four lowest-paid occupational sectors in May 2006 (when the federal minimum wage was $5.15 per hour) were the following:
SectorWorkers EmployedMedian WageMean WageMean Annual
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations11,029,280$7.90$8.86$18,430
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations450,040$8.63$10.49$21,810
Personal Care and Service Occupations3,249,760$9.17$11.02$22,920
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4,396,250$9.75$10.86$22,580
Two years later, in May 2008, when the federal minimum wage was $5.85 per hour and was about to increase to $6.55 per hour in July 2008, these same sectors were still the lowest-paying, but their situation (according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data)[106] was:
SectorWorkers EmployedMedian WageMean WageMean Annual
Food Preparation and Serving Related Occupations11,438,550$8.59$9.72$20,220
Farming, Fishing, and Forestry Occupations438,490$9.34$11.32$23,560
Personal Care and Service Occupations3,437,520$9.82$11.59$24,120
Building and Grounds Cleaning and Maintenance Occupations4,429,870$10.52$11.72$24,370
In 2006, workers in the following 13 individual occupations received, on average, a median hourly wage of less than $8.00 per hour:[105]
OccupationWorkers EmployedMedian WageMean WageMean Annual
Gaming Dealers82,960$7.08$8.18$17,010
Waiters and Waitresses2,312,930$3.14$4.27$11,190
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2,461,890$7.24$7.66$15,930
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers401,790$7.36$7.84$16,320
Cooks, Fast Food612,020$7.41$7.67$15,960
Dishwashers502,770$7.57$7.78$16,190
Ushers, Lobby Attendants, and Ticket Takers101,530$7.64$8.41$17,500
Counter Attendants, Cafeteria, Food Concession, and Coffee Shop524,410$7.76$8.15$16,950
Hosts and Hostesses, Restaurant, Lounge, and Coffee Shop340,390$7.78$8.10$16,860
Shampooers15,580$7.78$8.20$17,050
Amusement and Recreation Attendants235,670$7.83$8.43$17,530
Bartenders485,120$7.86$8.91$18,540
Farmworkers and Laborers, Crop, Nursery, and Greenhouse230,780$7.95$8.48$17,630
In 2008, only two occupations paid a median wage less than $8.00 per hour:[106]
OccupationWorkers EmployedMedian WageMean WageMean Annual
Gaming Dealers91,130$7.84$9.56$19,890
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2,708,840$7.90$8.36$17,400
According to the May 2009 National Occupational Employment and Wage Estimates,[107] the lowest-paid occupational sectors in May 2009 (when the federal minimum wage was $7.25 per hour) were the following:

SectorWorkers EmployedMedian WageMean WageMean Annual
Gaming Dealers86,900$8.19$9.76$20,290
Combined Food Preparation and Serving Workers, Including Fast Food2,695,740$8.28$8.71$18,120
Waiters and Waitresses2,302,070$8.50$9.80$20,380
Dining Room and Cafeteria Attendants and Bartender Helpers402,020$8.51$9.09$18,900
Cooks, Fast Food539,520$8.52$8.76$18,230


While not one of the occupations is missing from the employment roles in Louisiana, most are as prevalent as crayfish or Jambalaya. 

Jindal is certainly not a recipient of large sums of labor donations; the history of business donations is quite another story.

The Center For Responsive Politics

PACs

Representative Bobby Jindal

Campaign Finance Cycle: 
PAC Contribution Breakdown
legendBusiness$968,028(87%)
legendLabor$9,500(1%)
legendIdeological/Single Issue$133,560(12%)Representative Bobby Jindal
CAREER PROFILE (SINCE 1989)

Representative Bobby Jindal

Campaign Finance Cycle: 

Sector Totals

SectorTotalPACsIndivs
Agribusiness$167,652$59,800$107,852
Communications/Electronics$109,938$26,850$83,088
Construction$282,075$49,575$232,500
Defense$35,625$15,500$20,125
Energy & Natural Resources$362,741$132,000$230,741
Finance, Insurance & Real Estate$571,863$167,476$404,387
Health$588,641$245,283$343,358
Lawyers & Lobbyists$310,939$35,807$275,132
Transportation$212,500$79,000$133,500
Misc Business$497,084$156,737$340,347
Labor$9,500$9,500$0
Ideological/Single-Issue$261,968$133,560$128,408
Other$251,252$500$250,752

Percent of Contributions Coded


legendCoded$3,639,271(83.7%)
legendNot Coded$706,791(16.3%)
NOTE: All the numbers on this page are for the 2004 - 2014 election cycles and based on Federal Election Commission data available electronically on Monday, March 25, 2013. ("Help! The numbers don't add up...")
The data sheds (a revealing) light on why Jindal would take on the microphone mouthpiece role against a minimum wage hike. The data actually points to a politician who should be ashamed of himself. It should be noted the Jindal is also a Republican Governor who refuses to accept Medicaid Expansion dollars form the federal government.


When do people hold their elected officials accountable for political malfeasance?

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