The celebrated economist Thomas Sowell, who happens to be African American, once tried to convince members of the Congressional Black Caucus of the economic and societal foolishness of supporting an increase in the minimum wage. But with political agendas being what they were, he swayed no one by arguing that an increase in the minimum wage (even the mere existence of it) hurts the very people it’s purportedly designed to help.
Repeal the prevailing wage law. Enact additional reforms to the unemployment and workers compensation systems, reforms that target cost drivers in both. Make Pennsylvania a right to work state by securing the right of employees to decide for themselves whether to join or financially support a union.