Add Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakely to the growing list of politicians who want to shut down small businesses: in a speech given yesterday, January 23, Coakley joined the chorus to call for an increase to minimum wage. Speaking to business leaders at the Boston Chamber of Commerce at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Boston, Coakely focused on "income inequality" and championed an immediate minimum wage increase.
Coakley is not new to the pack; she's been calling for an increase to minimum wage for years, a popular position among fellow Democrats who obviously are not interested in seeing small business owners succeed. Massachusetts is already poised to increase the state minimum wage from $8 an hour to $10.50 per hour. And Coakely is serious about keeping the increase in minimum wage separate from other legislation, such as unemployment insurance. "We should not treat the minimum wage like a piece on a legislative chess board," she was quoted as saying in published reports.
But if Coakley wants to talk about chess pieces, she can look at her own campaign finances, which are in disarray. According to published reports, Coakley's camp has comingled federal and state campaign funds. She spent $6,000 in leftover cash from her failed 2010 U.S. Senate bid (losing to Republican Scott Brown) on her statewide campaign for office, which is a violation of campaign finance laws. She has also used $35,000 from the federal fund on software that helps keep campaign finance records and databases in order, moving money around like so many chess pieces in a heated game. There is also a great deal of money that has gone unaccounted for, something that, as attorney general, she has prosecuted in other politicians.
Oh, and Coakley also cannot spell "Massachusetts" - the name of the state she wants to govern.
Smart small business owners and entrepreneurs, particularly those with entry level positions to fill, would be smart to keep this candidate as far away from the governor's office as possible, unless they want to shutter their businesses due to the high cost of labor. In this economy, asking small business owners and entrepreneurs to shoulder the "income inequality" burden brought about by Democratic policies is an unfair, unjust demand on hard-working business owners.