I’ve written about self-driving trucks. (Here’s the first of three articles in a recent series.) And, these are most likely to be the first adopted use of autonomous vehicles. It’s not clear if the tractor (what one calls the “truck” that hauls the trailer) will be autonomous on the highways, only to revert to driver control on the side-streets and within cities- or there will be a leader vehicle (driven by a human), with a series of autonomous vehicles following the instructions of the lead driver.
Let me reiterate. I am not a proponent of an increase in the minimum wage. Instead, I advocate for all large ($ 2.5 million in gross sales or 50 employees, which ever threshold is exceeded) firms to be penalized (that’s 110% to 125% of the costs) when their employees need to rely on AFDC (Aid For Dependent Children), SNAP (the new name for Food Stamps), Medicaid, etc. to make up for an employer not paying a living wage to its staff.
I’ve reported before on studies that showed the change in minimum wage has little affect on employment. But, a new study appeared this week, using the data from Seattle, which just recently raised it’s minimum wage from $ 9.47 to $11, and then subsequently to $ 13 an hour.
Well, he did it again. Governor Walker let his true colors shine through. By attempting to change the mission of the great University of Wisconsin system- and then attempting to retract, when he found he had no backers.
║This is the fifth and final segment in this mini-series on minimum wage, living wages, the middle class, and taxes that I started this year, beginning on 7 January 2014.║