District of Columbia January 26, 2016

Washington, DC’s, Lesson in Unintended Consequences

Walmart recently announced plans to close 154 of its U.S. locations by the end of the month.  Among the list of closures are stores in high-minimum wage markets including Long Beach, Los Angeles, Oakland, and San Jose. But just as notable as the locations the retailer is closing are the…
Research December 18, 2015

The Effects of Minimum Wage Increases on Means-Tested Government Assistance

The Effects of Minimum Wage Increases on Means-Tested Government Assistance One of the more popular contemporary arguments for raising the minimum wage is that it will save taxpayers money. Specifically, proponents of a higher minimum wage have argued that…
Research November 18, 2015

Survey of US Economists on a $15 Federal Minimum Wage

Survey of US Economists on a $15 Federal Minimum Wage The University of New Hampshire Survey Center conducted a survey of economists for the Employment Policies Institute (EPI). The specific areas of interest are economists’ opinions on a $15 minimum…
November 13, 2015

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 in Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Proponents say that such a…
Maine October 30, 2015

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 local voices — including the editorial board of the Press-Herald and…
October 20, 2015

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 put us in uncharted waters, and risk undesirable and…
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…
September 4, 2015

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 dollar or less, phased in over a number of years.
New York August 21, 2015

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 most likely rising to the $15-an-hour level demanded by the…