Venezuela’s Minimum Wage Hike Forces 40% of Stores to Close

Venezuela just enacted a 3,500% increase to salaries and are not allowing businesses to increase the cost of goods and services to cover the increased wages. This is resulting in 40% of businesses simply shutting down due to an inability to function.

Many people in the US advocate for higher minimum wages but there are those who say simply increasing wages will only hurt and not solve any problems.

Recently Alexandria Ocasio Cortez lamented the closing of her old job, however the coffee shop closed because they couldnt cover the cost of increasing wages, something that Cortez actually supports.

Will increasing the minimum wage help or hurt in the long run? Unfortunately current data is conflicting.