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It’s Not Easy: The Challenge of Paying Employees a $70,000 Minimum Salary

Gravity Payments CEO Dan Price made headlines four months ago when he announced that his Seattle-based credit card payment processing startup was raising employees’ minimum annual salary to $70,000. Columnist Gael O’Brien says the ensuing maelstrom offers insights into resistance, the need for new work paradigms and how leaders give voice to convictions.

Scary New Wage Data

Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston says an analysis of recent U.S. government wage data shows that since 1980, the bottom 90 percent of Americans have seen their incomes go nowhere, while on the highest steps of the income ladder, the further up you are, the greater your gains. “This orgy of money exhibitionism,” he writes, “has created a society in which commas — it takes three to be a billionaire — count more than character.”