California May 9, 2019

More Evidence from California: Minimum Wage Hikes Cause More Harm than Good

The Golden State, which is known for its progressive policies, was one of the first states to implement a $15 minimum wage. While the wage mandate is still a few years out from being fully implemented, its harmful effects are already being felt across the state. A recent study…
California, News December 14, 2017

New Study Shows Consequences of California’s $15 Minimum Wage

For the past two decades, California has pursued minimum wage levels about the federal standard. It will be the first state to reach a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, in 2022. A new study by Dr. David Macpherson of Trinity University and Dr. William Even…
California July 26, 2016

$15 Hits California Businesses Hard

California is in the process of ratcheting up its minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 by 2022, and the hikes are making it tough for small businesses to stay afloat. Just last week, the 25-year-old Roseville brick-and-mortar The Almost Perfect Bookstore was forced to close up shop and resort to online-only…
California May 20, 2016

A Golden State Payout for Big Labor

California’s impending $15 minimum wage will take full effect by 2022-23. Evidence suggests that organized labor’s $1.6 million investment in the venture is already set to pay off. Typically, unions support a higher minimum wage to achieve an indirect pay benefit . An analysis of…
California September 24, 2015

Labor Loophole Coming Soon to Santa Monica?

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was widely-ridiculed for its attempt to exempt union members covered by collective bargaining agreements from the $15 minimum wage it had championed for the city. As the Los Angeles Times wrote in a scathing editorial:  It’s stunning that after leading the fight for a $15…
California July 1, 2014

A Minimum Wage Wake-Up Call for California

On July 1st, California’s minimum wage rose to $9 an hour, the first stage of a two-part increase to $10. Elsewhere, localities in the state have their sights set even higher, topping out with a $15 ballot proposal in San Francisco. These wage hikes couldn’t come at a worse time…
California, News June 4, 2013

California Lawmakers Mull Eliminating 11,500 Jobs

Policymakers in California are pushing a “feel-good” measure that will have disastrous effects on the state’s entry-level job market. Led by Assemblyman Luis Alejo, the California Assembly recently approved a bill that would increase that state’s minimum wage to $9.25 and set future increases on autopilot. The end result of…