Broke city cuts worker salaries to minimum wage | HLNtv.com So, in the next chapter of the economy's race to the bottom, we get a city that decided that it would pay minimum wage to all city employees. I'm sure GOP politicians in Wisconsin are watching this and wondering why they haven't done this yet. From an anti-'big' government point of view, would this be an effective tool to eliminate public workers and then be 'forced' to use private companies or charter/religious school employees? But, this is what you get when you can't raise taxes, companies and individuals are too mobile and willing to move to tax friendly states, and there are no tourism dollars coming in. Now, even if you have a job in the private sector, would you quit if your boss told you that you would only get $7.25/hr? Would you have enough savings to strike or to 'retire' early? Would you be one of the people desperate enough for any work that you would have to make due, assuming that this trend caught on at every employer? If technology makes tens of millions of jobs obsolete and creates a large number of unemployed people, will this be more common?