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Starbucks Employees Just Got A Taste Of The Trump Effect

By  James Barrett
TIANJIN, CHINA - 2018/01/08: A coffee cup in a Starbucks coffee shop, arranged for photography. Since January 1st, Starbucks took back the management rights of more than 1300 stores in East China from the agent's hands, and has achieved 100% running and ownership in the mainland of China. The move is to speed up its expansion and development in China.
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While Democratic House leader Nancy Pelosi might dismiss it as mere “crumbs,” Starbucks employees across the country are getting a personal taste of the Trump effect on the economy — and it’s all good.

As public opinion of the Republicans’ $1.5 trillion tax cut continues to improve for obvious reasons, Starbucks announced that it’s joining the growing list of businesses nationwide who are passing down some of those massive tax savings to their employees.

Specifically citing the GOP’s tax reform bill, Starbucks announced this week that it will be giving its employees pay raises and stock grants. To throw more salt in the permanently open progressive wound, Starbucks says its also using the tax break to help it move forward with some pro-family measures. The Seattle Times reluctantly reports:

All employees will soon be able to earn paid sick time off, and the company’s parental leave benefits will include all non-birth parents. Starbucks Corp. said Wednesday that the changes affect about 150,000 full-time, part-time, hourly and salaried employees, most of whom work as baristas or shop managers. The new benefits apply to workers at more than 8,200 company-owned stores but not at the 5,700 licensed shops like those found inside supermarkets.

The pay raise will begin in April, which the Times notes is the second increase employees have enjoyed this year. Baristas currently make just under $10 an hour. Employees at stores, bean roasting plants and support centers will all receive at least $500 in Starbucks stock on top of what they were set to receive this year. The additional paid sick time begins to accrue in July.

The total cost to the company for the changes is over $250 million, which they can afford because of the massive tax break given to them by the Republicans and signed into law by Trump.

As The Daily Wire has chronicled, the number of companies, many of them major corporations, passing down the benefits of the Republicans’ slashing of the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% continues to grow. Here’s the current list from Americans For Tax Reform.

The Seattle Times also notes some other positive developments from the Trump economy motivating retailers to give their workers a boost. “Larger employers are having a hard time attracting and keeping workers because of historically low unemployment rates,” the Times reports.

So, yeah, the “Trump Boom” is real, and now a whole lot of Starbucks employees are getting to enjoy it firsthand.

Related: The Top 5 Most Absurd Responses To The GOP’s $1.5 Trillion Tax Cut

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