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.

Enjoy the complimentary clip or read the transcript for details.

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.

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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