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Opinion: What Ocasio-Cortez doesn’t understand about minimum wage

This article originally appeared on on April 4, 2019.

Surprised with the high price of a croissant at New York City’s LaGuardia airport, New York Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) had an insight. So, on Monday she tweeted that:

“Croissants at LaGuardia are going for SEVEN DOLLARS A PIECE Yet some people think getting a whole hour of personal, dedicated human labor for $15 is too expensive??”

It may (or may not) come as an even bigger surprise to the charmingly irrepressible AOC that, ironically, LaGuardia’s minimum wage is part of the reason those croissants cost so much in the first place.

Let’s start with a point of agreement. Clearly, $7 is a lot to pay for a croissant. Any traveler can tell you that even food products without a fancy French name are expensive at most airports, including LaGuardia. But, the question should be: Why does a simple croissant cost so much?

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