Maine October 11, 2016

“Mainers for Fair Wages” Funded by Out-of-State Cash

In the pantheon of PAC names, “Mainers for Fair Wages” must rank among the least offensive in American electoral history. However, their benign name hides that which their campaign finance disclosure forms reveal: “Mainers for Fair Wages” is fueled by out-of-state money. EPI analyzed data from the Maine Ethics Commission…
September 9, 2016

New Ad: $12 Minimum Wage Chops Rungs Off Career Ladder

Over Labor Day weekend, calls for an increase in the minimum wage reached a fever pitch. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez joined with labor groups in an attempt to shame politicians that do not support a federal wage hike. Our latest ad, which ran on Thursday in the St. Louis Post Dispatch,…
New Jersey August 24, 2016

How a $15 Minimum Wage Will Change New Jersey

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is currently deciding whether or not to sign a $15 minimum wage into law, and the Employment Policies Institute today released a new commercial that should help him make his decision. Earlier this year, EPI released an analysis by Drs. David Macpherson of Trinity…
Connecticut August 19, 2016

“Everybody” Did Not Benefit From Connecticut’s Paid Sick Leave Law

A new study released by the Employment Policies Institute, authored by Dr. Thomas Ahn of the University of Kentucky, finds that Connecticut’s paid sick leave law hasn’t delivered on its proponents’ promise that “everybody benefits.” Instead, the evidence from Connecticut suggests that the mandate actually reduced work hours for…
Maine, News August 2, 2016

Cherry-Picking Arguments for $12 in Maine

A $12 minimum wage will cost the state of Maine at least 4,000 jobs, but that hasn’t kept proponents in the state from advancing bad arguments to support it. Consider a recent release by the labor union-backed National Employment Law Project (NELP), which argues that large businesses rather than…
August 1, 2016

Higher Minimum Wages, More Crime?

The Democratic Party Platform calls for a $15 federal minimum wage, and many attendees at last week’s Democratic National Convention extolled its benefits.  In endorsing presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Senator Bernie Sanders praised her for “understand[ing] that we must raise the minimum wage to a living wage.” But none mentioned its…
California July 26, 2016

$15 Hits California Businesses Hard

California is in the process of ratcheting up its minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 by 2022, and the hikes are making it tough for small businesses to stay afloat. Just last week, the 25-year-old Roseville brick-and-mortar The Almost Perfect Bookstore was forced to close up shop and resort to online-only…
July 7, 2016

15 Errors in the Fight for $15: It’s Not Fiscally Responsible

No summer is complete without a summer reading list, and SEIU boss David Rolf’s “Fight for $15” is at the top of ours. Alas, while the book has plenty of entertaining rhetorical flourishes, its commitment to factual accuracy on the issue of wage mandates is lacking. In honor of the…
News, Ohio June 30, 2016

SEIU vs. Cleveland Grocery Stores

With a revitalized downtown and a commitment to reducing pollution and crime, Cleveland will be hosting the Republican National Convention in July and plans to become a destination city. All of this could come crashing down, however, with the passage of a $15 minimum wage. The Service Employees union has…
June 29, 2016

$15 Minimum Wage: Putting Jobs Out Of Reach

For many Americans, July marks the hottest part of the summer season. It’s the time of year for shorts, swimming pools, backyard barbecues and fireworks. However, employees and small business owners across the country will be feeling the heat this July 1st due to 15 separate minimum wage hikes go into…