SHOCKER: University Study Reveals Forced Minimum Wage Hike Caused Negative Outcome

The Fight for Fifteen battle just took a hit. The extremely liberal University of Washington released a study showing the negative effects of a wage hike increase in Seattle.

RELATED: Seattle’s Minimum Wage Hike May Have Gone Too Far

It turns out that forcing employers to pay a higher minimum wage led to "steep declines in employment for low-wage workers, and a drop in hours for those who kept their jobs."

"Could we please go back into the audio vault and find when we were having this debate on the air? And I would like a highlight reel of us saying this is exactly what is going to happen. Exactly! We mentioned all of this," Glenn said.

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GLENN: I love this from FiveThirtyEight: Seattle's minimum wage hike may have gone too far. No. No. It can't be.

STU: No. Come on.

GLENN: Stop it.

STU: And, by the way, the research doesn't even cover the full increase. It only covers $13, not even to $15 an hour. So if they went too far for 13, can you imagine what this is going to look like when the next elevation comes?

GLENN: Listen to this: As cities across the country push for minimum wages at untested heights in recent years, some economists began to ask, how high is too high? Seattle, with the highest in-country minimum wage may have hit that limit.

January 2016, Seattle minimum wage jumped from $11 an hour to $13, for large employers, the second big increase in less than a year. New research released Monday by a team of economists at the University of Washington.

The -- there's not a socialist that is an unemployed teacher, as long as the University of Washington is still open. There's a socialist without a job! Quick, get him to the university.

They suggest the wage hike may have come at a significant cost. Now, this is -- I want you to know, this is unexpected.

The increase led to steep declines in unemployment for low-wage workers, a drop of hours for those who kept their jobs.

Crucially, the negative impact of lost jobs and hours more than offset the benefits of the higher wages. On average, low-wage workers earned $125 a month less because of the higher wage. A small, but significant decline. Oh, I don't know. $125, if I'm working minimum wage, is not a small and insignificant decline.

STU: No, it says a significant -- the other thing I would mention too is, Glenn, you said "a decline in unemployment," unintentionally. It is "a decline in employment." It is a decline in employment. It's important to note.

GLENN: I'm sorry. Yes. Yes. The goal of this policy was to deliver higher incomes to people who were struggling to make ends meet in the city.

Now, could we please go back in the audio vault and find when we were having this debate on the air? And I would like a highlight reel of us saying this is exactly what is going to happen. Exactly. We mentioned all of this. Now they need a university to say, this is what's happening. This is kind of unexpected. We didn't really see this one coming. We thought this was -- you know, we didn't learn this in school. Of course, we haven't been teaching, you know, the free market by any stretch of the imagination. So we don't really know what -- what was going to happen. But this doesn't look good. They note in this article, this is not peer reviewed yet. They're going to get some peers to review and say, oh, no. University of Washington, they didn't understand the fluffamagug, which is the theory that changes everything.

On Thursday's radio program, Grace Smith and her father, Andy, joined Glenn Beck on the phone and provided a first-hand account of Grace's refusal to wear a mask at school.

Smith, 16, began a maskless protest after her school district in Laramie, Wyoming, decided to implement a mask mandate. As a result, Grace received three suspensions, was issued two $500-citations, and was eventually arrested.

"How long were you in jail?" Glenn asked.

Grace said was taken to jail but was never booked nor was she was placed in a jail cell.

Glenn commended Grace's father, Andy, for raising such a "great citizen" and asked if it was Grace's idea to protest. Andy said it was Grace's idea, explaining that they took the position of arguing on the grounds of civil rights rather than the efficacy of wearing a mask.

Grace has since withdrawn from public school and started a home school program. She also told Glenn that she will continue to fight the school district, legally.

You can donate to Grace's legal fund here.

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It seems the Left wants a civil war and some on the Right want a national divorce. The country is split right now unlike anything Glenn Beck has ever witnessed. There are two sides: Those who want to fundamentally change this country and those who believe in KEEPING the experiment of liberty that the Founding Founders intended.

The ideological gap seems impossible to cross, but Glenn explains why he won't secede. David Reaboi, Claremont Institute senior fellow and author of "National Divorce Is Expensive, but It's Worth Every Penny," tells Glenn why a national breakup is not an impossibility just because it will be difficult.

What can we do to fight back … peacefully? How can the states that still believe in the Constitution create pockets of freedom in the shadow of tyranny? On his Wednesday night special this week, Glenn answers that and provides a road map to preserving what the Left is trying to destroy.

Finally, James Simpson, author of "Who Was Karl Marx? The Men, the Motives and the Menace Behind Today's Rampaging American Left," provides solutions on the issues the "red states" must unite around before Left and Right America officially call it quits.

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An Afghan interpreter who helped save then-Sen. Joe Biden's life in 2008 was among those stranded in Afghanistan after Biden's troop withdrawal. He has now escaped the country with his family, but not with President Biden's help.

Thanks to private organizations, including The Nazarene Fund, the interpreter and his family have now been rescued.

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A shocking new report by The Daily Wire reveals that the furious father whose arrest at a school board meeting likely sparked the call for the FBI to investigate anti-CRT parents like domestic terrorists was furious for good reasons: The Loudoun County School Board allegedly tried to cover up his daughter's rape.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Tuesday to discuss the incident and explain why he joined 60 lawmakers in a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland demanding answers for why the FBI is targeting parents.

"We want to know ... what kind of coordination took place between the White House, activist groups and teachers unions, and the Department of Justice," Stewart told Glenn. "Because we have evidence that there was [coordination] and, in fact, that the White House are the ones who initiated this. They asked for these activist groups to write this inflammatory letter to the Department of Justice saying they were 'intimidated' and that they 'felt threatened', giving the Department of Justice Attorney General Garland, the excuse to say, 'Okay, well, we have to respond'."

Stewart went on to say he believes the federal government would only involve the FBI in such an issue if its purpose is to silence and intimidate parents concerned about the "poison" being taught to their kids in school. So, what can he and the other representatives who disagree with the Biden administration's overreach of power do to stop it?

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