October 31, 2019

Despite Gallup’s Claims, Most American Workers are Satisfied with their Jobs

According to a new Gallup poll, the majority of Americans are dissatisfied with their current job. This is despite recent economic gains that have grown middle-class incomes to some of the highest levels on record. Even though the overall response on job satisfaction is discouraging, a closer look at…
October 15, 2019

Target Becomes Latest Cautionary Tale On $15

A few years ago, Target announced that it would increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020. We’re all in favor of voluntary increases in workers’ pay but Target is learning there’s no such thing as a free lunch. For some employees, the wage increase has led to…
September 25, 2019

The New York Fed Gets It Wrong On New York’s Tipped Wage

In a recent blog post, a team of researchers at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York conclude that the state’s experiment with rapidly-rising minimum wage levels had “no discernible effect on employment.” The researchers draw this conclusion after comparing “leisure and hospitality” employment in bordering counties between…
September 12, 2019

Big Labor Targets Oregon Grocery Stores

Despite mountains of data exposing the negative effects on businesses and workers of raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, big labor and activist groups continue to push the policy in states and municipalities across the country. Now they are trying to hide the blowback. One union group is…
September 4, 2019

Bay Area Restaurants are Struggling with Rising Minimum Wages

The consequences of the UC Berkeley labor teams’ flawed studies are once again being felt by small businesses throughout the bay area. Before cities in the Bay Area debated whether or not to raise their minimum wages — they relied on studies by the University of California Berkeley’s labor team…
August 12, 2019

Support for the #fightfor15 – Not What it Seems

Does America support a $15 minimum wage? Democrats in Congress seem to think so. The House voted along party lines last month to pass the “Raise the Wage Act.” This piece of legislation is an unprecedented measure which would more than double the minimum wage and also eliminate the…
August 7, 2019

The New School’s Bogus Analysis on NYC Restaurant Growth

The anecdotal and empirical evidence on the harm caused by New York’s minimum wage experiment is overwhelming. Consider the following: Multiple news articles — including extensive reporting by the Wall Street Journal and Crain’s New York Business —have covered the business closures and cutbacks that followed in the wake of severe…
July 30, 2019

Will Every Democrat Running for President Stretch for $15?

The second round of the Democratic presidential candidate debates commences this week, giving candidates ample opportunity to reaffirm their policy stances heading into the 2020 election. Most candidates, including former President Obama’s Vice President Joe Biden, have endorsed a 107 percent hike in the federal minimum wage from its current…
July 22, 2019

Sen. Sanders Learns the Hard Way About a $15 Minimum Wage

Presidential hopeful and current Senator Bernie Sanders was able to survive a labor stand-off against his own campaign staff, but not without highlighting one consequence of minimum wage hikes. Sen. Sanders has been a vocal proponent about the supposed benefits of a $15 national minimum wage that it has become…
July 17, 2019

What We Know About a $15 Minimum Wage

House Democrats are about to vote on the “Raise the Wage Act” which would increase the federal minimum wage 107 percent to $15 an hour and eliminate the tip credit. Some Democrats have called the increase “moderate.” However, a recent nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office report found…