Even More 3rd Berkshire Debate
continues its coverage of the debates. Minimum wage is a personal interest of mine -- here are some strong Democratic answers to Kinnas's charge that raising minimum wage hurts teenagers looking for after-school jobs:
Kinnas faced some rebukes from the other candidates, who criticized his portrayal of the minimum wage as something that only applies to teenage workers.
"There are, in fact, many workers throughout Massachusetts and throughout the United States who survive on the minimum wage," Malumphy said. "This isn't just young children."
Serre said she would support an $8.75-per-hour minimum wage. But even that wouldn't be enough for many workers, she added, pointing to a study that concluded a worker in Pittsfield must make $12.58 an hour in order to afford a two-bedroom apartment here.
Serre is an economic development specialist, here what she thinks about job creation:
Serre challenged the idea that tax incentives, free land and grants will help attract out-of-town businesses: "As soon as those tax incentives expire or the cost of living in the neighborhood goes up, those businesses jump to the next community willing to sell their future off for some instant, short-term gain."
Instead of incentives to outsiders, Serre said, Pittsfield and the state should concentrate on "economic gardening" that would help those companies that are here already grow and prosper.
The other dynamic in the race is that Kerwood is clearly ignoring Kinnas and running left for the general. He's pro-gay marriage, pro-minimum wage increase, etc. He's going to lose big-time in the general, but it's nice to see a Republican abandoning core principles to court lefty-values voters.