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Former McDonald's CEO We're in a small-business recession

Former McDonald’s CEO: We’re in a small-business recession

The headline unemployment rate dipped to 4.7 percent. A more encompassing rate held steady at 9.7 percent.

Those figures came after lackluster gross domestic product growth in the first quarter.

Multiple factors could continue to drag on entrepreneurship and small-business hiring, Rensi said. He cited taxation, regulations and minimum wage increases, among others.

The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour, though some cities and states have set a higher rate. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and others have argued for a $15-per-hour federal minimum wage saying it will increase consumer spending and lower income inequality.

Rensi contended that technology has replaced workers for decades, and “will accelerate if these minimum wage rates end up at $15 an hour.” However, he said states should regulate minimum wages because they understand consumers and economic demands of the area better.

Wages should be higher in more expensive localities, he said.

Courtesy : cnbc.com



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