Watch: Ben Shapiro, Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna Debate $15 Minimum Wage


Ben Shapiro, co-founder and editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, debated Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) on the costs and benefits of hiking the federal minimum wage to $15 on Monday. Khanna asked to appear on Shapiro’s radio show, “The Ben Shapiro Show,” after Shapiro mentioned Khanna last week while discussing the minimum wage. The host agreed and argued in favor of leaving the minimum wage as is or scrapping the federal minimum wage altogether, while Khanna asserted that the current federal standard of $7.25 an hour should be roughly doubled. Khanna began the discussion by granting that hiking the minimum wage would be a relatively heavier burden on small businesses rather than large ones such as Amazon, Target, or Walmart. To make up for that, the Democratic lawmaker said that the federal minimum wage should be increased gradually and the government should provide tax credits and other assistance to ease the burden on small business.

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