Not to be contrary, but rent here has exploded and the housing market has gone stagnant.
It costs about seven bucks a head to eat in McDonald’s here. (I don’t, but most folks can use that as a gauge.) In Spokane, it’s about eight bucks a head.
Gas is up to $3.50 a gallon.
Businesses in central Seattle and Tacoma are closing and citing the wage hike as the problem.
It’s killing the economy.
California is having the same experience - on an even bigger scale.
And as for Walmart, they’ve increased the number of self checkouts, as have Target, McDonald’s, and many other employers - and more are talking about doing the same. I don’t know what the answer is, but this isn’t how to do it - at the expense of everyone else.