• America’s Poor Need a Job, Not a “Raise”

    Will raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour dramatically reduce poverty rates? Setting aside the policy’s negative impact on jobs, a dramatic minimum wage hike faces a far more fundamental problem: A majority of Americans in poverty don’t work and can’t … Continue reading

  • Meet The New Fast Food Crew Member

    The SEIU-backed Fight for $15 takes to the streets again today to demand $15 and a union. In a full-page ad in USA Today, we highlight one of the most predictable consequences for less-skilled employees – job loss from automation. McDonald’s has … Continue reading

  • Do Part-Time Employees Want “Fairness” or Flexibility?

    Unions and the advocacy groups they fund in the District of Colombia have a new grievance: part-time schedules. Legislation under consideration by the City Council – based on a similar ordinance passed in San Francisco last year –  would require employers … Continue reading

  • About Those Economists Who Support Cuomo’s $15 Wage Proposal

    Governor Cuomo’s $15 minimum wage proposal has been criticized by a diverse group of legislators, small businesses, nonprofits, and newspaper editorial pages, all of whom have pointed out the obvious: A $15 wage mandate will have serious consequences. But recently, … Continue reading

  • A History Lesson for Minimum Wage Proponents

    Today, labor advocates are celebrating the 20th anniversary of David Card and Alan Krueger’s controversial book Myth and Measurement. The best-known research it contains found that a wage hike increased employment in New Jersey relative to neighboring Pennsylvania. It’s a convenient story … Continue reading

  • Cuomo’s Reckless Drive for $15

    Governor Andrew Cuomo’s RV trip around the state to pitch his $15 minimum wage proposal has been fueled with lofty claims and misleading facts. In an ad in today’s New York Post, we take on his boldest claim, that there’s “no … Continue reading

  • The Impact of a $12 Minimum Wage in Maine

    Proponents of a higher minimum wage in Maine, led by the state AFL-CIO, have gathered enough signatures to put their proposed $12 minimum wage to a vote this November. But earlier today a coalition representing approximately ten thousand Maine business owners announced their … Continue reading

  • Even Proponents Agree: Wage Hikes Cause Job Loss

    Erica Payne is the President of an organization called Patriotic Millionaires, which made a name for itself during the lame duck session of Congress in 2010 when they demanded higher taxes for America’s wealthy, themselves included. More recently, the millionaires … Continue reading

  • Busting Myths About the Minimum Wage

    Proponents of a higher minimum wage are determined to make their case no matter how much evidence piles up against them. But in doing so they conveniently avoid the evidence that directly challenges their arguments. We looked at several of … Continue reading

  • Union Think Tank’s Rose-Colored Conclusions

    Recently, the union-backed Economic Policy Institute released a study that determined, “raising wages would significantly reduce reliance on public assistance.” They reached this conclusion after examining eligibility data on federal and state means-tested programs for low-income families and making projections … Continue reading

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