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An orchardist once tried to explain to me the effect of the state’s minimum wage on his employees. His was a small business with a multi-million-dollar payroll. Labor was a huge share of his expense. By custom his harvest workers were paid based on their productivity — so many dollars for every bin of apples picked. Most justly earned well above the minimum wage, a reward for speed and efficiency. The orchardist could check their progress, calculate his labor cost…

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