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

UPDATE (2/19/20): Newly-available Current Employment Statistics data, covering through the end of 2019, show that New York City suffered its second year of falling full-service restaurant employment. This is the first time in thirty years the city’s full-service industry has faced back-to-back years of job losses. Updated charts for limited-…
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…
July 1, 2019

July kicks off with 22 wage hikes across the country

July 1st, 22 states and localities will increase their minimum wages. These increases include two states, the District of Columbia, and 19 other localities. View the full list in the chart below. Twelve localities in California will see minimum wage increases, despite evidence that minimum wage hikes…