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Marco Rubio on Jobs

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Raising minimum wage would replace people with machines

Q: Picketers have gathered demanding an immediate hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Are you sympathetic to the protesters?

DONALD TRUMP: [If our] wages are too high, we're not going to be able to compete against the world.

CARSON: Every time we raise the minimum wage, the number of jobless people increases.

MARCO RUBIO: If I thought that raising the minimum wage was the best way to help people increase their pay, I would be all for it, but it isn't. In the 20th century, it's a disaster. If you raise the minimum wage, you're going to make people more expensive than a machine. And that means all this automation that's replacing jobs and people right now is only going to be accelerated. Here's the best way to raise wages: Make America the best place in the world to start a business or expand an existing business.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ First Tier debate , Nov 10, 2015

Give wage subsidies rather than raise minimum wage

If the goal is to help those struggling the most in the current economy, there are better ways to go about it than raising the minimum wage. In response to calls to raise the minimum wage, conservatives typically double down on policies to grow the economy and create jobs. Economic growth is ultimately the answer. In the meantime, people are hurting, the minimum wage is something people understand, and they hear only that conservatives are against it. Stagnant wages are a real concern to millions. We can find creative answers to help struggling families while staying true to our small-government principles. For instance, one way to help low-wage workers is to provide wage subsidies to targeted workers. Yes it is government help. But it would not have the job-killing effects of mandating that employers pay employees more than the market will bear.
Source: American Dreams, by Marco Rubio, p. 29-30 , Jan 13, 2015

Voted against Paycheck Fairness Act (equal pay for women)

Vote on a motion to invoke cloture on a motion to proceed to debate on a bill that establishes additional penalties for violations of equal pay requirements in the Fair Labor Standards Act. Highlights:
Source: Vote Smart Synopsis of S 2199: Paycheck Fairness Act , Sep 10, 2014

Ok to extend unemployment if it's paid for

Q: Do you think there is any way to extend these unemployment benefits?

RUBIO: There is a general consensus that these programs need to be extended, but they need to be paid for. And in addition to that, maybe not as part of this effort right away, but in the long term we need to figure out way to reform those programs so that we get more people back to work.

Source: Face the Nation 2014 interview: 2016 presidential hopefuls , Jan 12, 2014

Grow the middle class; don't grow the government

Mr. President, I don't oppose your plans because I want to protect the rich. I oppose your plans because I want to protect my neighbors.

Hard-working middle class Americans who don't need us to come up with a plan to grow the government. They want a plan to grow the middle class. Economic growth is the best way to help the middle class. Unfortunately, our economy actually shrank during the last three months of 2012.

But if we can get the economy to grow at just 4% a year, it would create millions of middle class jobs. And it could reduce our deficits by almost $4 trillion dollars over the next decade.

Tax increases can't do this. Raising taxes won't create private sector jobs. And there's no realistic tax increase that could lower our deficits by almost $4 trillion. That's why I hope the President will abandon his obsession with raising taxes and instead work with us to achieve real growth in our economy.

Source: GOP Response to 2013 State of the Union Address , Feb 12, 2013

1984: Enthusiastic union activist during dad's strike

In 1984, the Culinary Workers Union went on strike. I went with my father to the union hall. The strike became my new obsession.

I never grasped all the issues involved, but understood generally that the strikers were just asking to be treated fairly. They had worked hard to help make the hotels profitable, and were entitled to better compensation and benefits. I was excited to be part of the cause & join forces with striking workers from many hotels. At the height of the strike, it seemed all the kid at my school had a parent on the picket line. I became a committed union activist. I got to spend time with my father. I thought it was nothing but fun.

My father was older than most of the strikers. Eventually, our small savings were gone & the union checks stopped coming. Not long after, he informed me he was going back to work. I accused him of selling out and called him a scab. It hurt him, and I'm ashamed of it. He had had no choice. He returned to work for a smaller salary and fewer benefits.

Source: An American Son, by Marco Rubio, p. 54-55 , Jun 19, 2012

Oppose card check & Employee Free Choice Act

I oppose card check and any efforts like the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) to tip labor law in favor of unions through binding federal arbitration. I am concerned by labor unions' unrelenting campaign for card check, which would eliminate workers' righ to a secret ballot in unionization elections. I believe workers' rights should be protected and that a card check system would open the door to pressure and intimidation that would disrupt the workplace and threaten businesses' livelihoods.
Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, www.marcorubio.com, "Issues" , Feb 3, 2010

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