Sioux Falls Thrive paints a grim picture of a ‘Low Wage’ community

Well it is something we have known for quite awhile, but I guess the business community now is screaming for labor. Well guess what, you need to pay better. This is what happens when you invite people to a supposed ‘Boomtown’ that pays the wages of a town going ‘Bust’.

Candy Hanson(sp?) does a presentation for the Minnehaha County Commission (starts at 19:00-54:00)

Here is the full report. It is very comprehensive; (DOC: Affordable_Housing_Needs_Assessment_2016) I plan to start reading the report and see what I can dig up in terms of solutions for our community.


#1 Emoluments Clause on 03.15.17 at 11:32 pm

We need to end the wage collusion that is obviously going on in this town. Almost all of the jobs are in the $ 10 to $13 range and have been for about eight years.

Have you noticed that outside of government jobs or fast food jobs, that the starting wage is never mentioned in a job ad? That is because the business community fears a wage war and will do anything to prevent it due to complete selfishness, which results in a “‘low wage’ community.”

Government jobs are often required to mention the wage by law in their job ads and fast food operations appear to be in desperate need of workers to the point that they have no choice, but to mention their wages or hour availabilities on their marquees to attract applicants….

It’s time we all admitted that there is wage collusion in this town and the business community needs to be called out on it……Because if you pay them a just pay, they will show up.

Economist have noticed a disturbing trend with our U.S. economy over the past 15 years and that is the growing non participation rate among a growing number of able body workers. Why is that? Because, in my opinion, wages are not going up enough or are stagnant, and especially in Sioux Falls, which turns off potential workers.

Interestingly enough, the most recent national jobs report showed a positive change in that non participation rate fro the first time in years, and also the first national trend of wages actually going up noticeably in sometime….. Your Honor, I rest my case…..

#2 The D@ily Spin on 03.16.17 at 9:05 am

There are signs the boom is ending. Four department stores are leaving. I’ve seen people applying at fast food restaurants. The northeast side of town has become slums. With this kind of pressure, I doubt higher wages are coming soon. There will be layoffs from retail. Interest rates are going higher. People will go without. There’s less discretionary spending.

#3 Anyone But Mike 2018 on 03.16.17 at 5:26 pm

Boomtown is coming to a close but if you ask the mayor on belfrage he saw it coming last April but no one would listen to him. Somehow he still felt the need to put the city in further debt and build an admin building we don’t need. So his legacy will be wages down, debt up, but hey we got 3 days of PBR and a tennis court.

#4 The D@ily Spin on 03.17.17 at 11:47 am

Maybe the new parking garage is for future homeless. I hope they’re putting metal trash containers and coffee cans on each floor. Barrel fires keep you warm. Coffee cans don’t flush but it’s better than on the floor.

#5 The D@ily Spin on 03.17.17 at 11:54 am

When there’s substantial sales tax revenue budget shortfall, close Louise Avenue blocking off retail areas. Typical Huether, like an Events Center with no parking or a private tennis club paid for by peasants. Isn’t he also the one who came up with high interest credit cards? With leaders like this, who needs citizens.

#6 possum jenkins on 03.17.17 at 2:37 pm

still got that shopko on tenth near sycamore?
went there a few times

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