• The Impact of a $12 Federal Minimum Wage

    The “Raise the Wage Act,” introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-CA) and Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA) in March 2015 would raise the federal minimum wage by 66 percent to $12 an hour. The legislation received a high-profile backer this fall … Continue reading

  • Should Portland Listen to “Patriotic” Millionaires?

    Voters in Portland, ME, will next week decide at the ballot box whether to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. It’s a controversial proposal: The City Council just increased the city’s minimum wage  to $10.10 an hour, and many … Continue reading

  • Big Labor’s Bad Letter

    Big Labor wasn’t going to let a fellow traveler disparage the $15 minimum wage without a response. Earlier this month, liberal economist Alan Krueger wrote an op-ed in the New York Times arguing that “a $15-an-hour national minimum wage would … Continue reading

  • 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 … Continue reading

  • Big Labor Tries (and Fails) to Dismiss the Consequences of $15

    Advocates for a dramatically-higher minimum wage–in cities including Seattle, San Francisco, and Oakland–have come face to face with an embarrassing downside for their movement: Unflattering press coverage. Past increases in the minimum wage were often in the range of a … Continue reading

  • New York’s Fast Food Flop

    When New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in May his intention to impanel a wage board to “examine the minimum wage in the fast food industry,” fair-minded observers understood the implications: The minimum wage was going up, and it was … Continue reading

  • New Analysis: Maine’s Minimum Wage Misfire

    Portland’s City Council recently voted to raise the city’s minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Now, proponents at the Maine AFL-CIO have launched a referendum to raise the minimum wage statewide by 60 percent to $12 an hour. In support … Continue reading

  • New Analysis: 60% of NY Restaurant Employees Work for Very Small Businesses

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s fast-food wage board concluded its fourth and final public hearing this week, and will now retreat to decide on a new wage mandate for the industry. Numerous speakers at the four hearings emphasized the executive … Continue reading

  • New York’s New Minimum Wage Employee is a Computer

    EPI placed a full-page ad in the New York Post highlighting how a $15 minimum wage for the fast-food industry would lead restaurants to substitute touch-screen ordering systems for employees. The ad coincides with the fourth and final public hearing in front … Continue reading

  • A City Known for Its Lost Jobs?

    EPI placed a full-page ad in the Kansas City Edition of USA Today warning residents about the potential ramifications of raising the city’s minimum wage by 96% to $15 an hour. The ad implies that a $15 minimum wage would … Continue reading

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