New Report Shows Minimum Wage Increases Kill Jobs

In a case of stating the obvious, a newly published paper by the National Bureau of Economic Research confirms the long-held belief that increases in the minimum wage for American workers hurts their earnings potential as well as the job mobility for low-skill workers.  Two University of California at San Diego economists, Michael Wither and…

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2015 State Minimum Wage Increases

State Minimum Wage Increases Effective December 31, 2014 New York: Currently: $8.25 per hour. Effective December 31, 2014: $8.75 per hour. West Virginia: Currently: $7.25 per hour. Effective December 31, 2014: $8.00 per hour. State Minimum Wage Increases Effective January 1, 2015 Alaska: Currently: $7.75 per hour. Effective January 1, 2015: $8.75 per hour. Arizona: Currently: $7.905 per hour.…

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It Works Fast When They Want, Though

As we’ve advised over the past several weeks, the battles of minimum wage increases continue in Illinois with this week seeing a win and a loss for both sides in the highly charged debate.  As a backdrop, remember that the Illinois state ballot had a non-binding question on it asking whether voters wanted to see…

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More Wage Protests

Advocates for a $15/hour minimum wage for fast-food workers (a.k.a. SEIU and other labor organizations) had scheduled more protests to take place yesterday in cities around the country.  How successful or effective they may or may not have been remains to be seen, but we certainly took note of an item this week that speaks…

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Violations Are Costly

As much as we believe this type of government intrusion into business operations is detrimental to business growth and economic development, you violate them at significant risk.  We noted a story last week of a settlement facilitated by a California Labor Commissioner where the employer agreed to a $4 million settlement with employees for paying…

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More Minimum Wage Debate

Despite the minimum wage increases being approved on the ballot in every state where they were presented to the voters, it’s still being debated in some circles, and the outcome is not yet clear.  A case in point is the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.  Recall that a non-binding question was put…

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Sea-Tac $15 Hourly Wage Challenged

Speaking of minimum wage battles, Bloomberg reported this week that several airlines have challenged the actions of the Port of Seattle Commission last July when it enacted a minimum $15/hour wage for airport workers in the City of Sea-Tac, which completely encompasses the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  In the case, known as the Air Transport Association…

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State Minimum Wages on the Ballot

Ballot measures mandating increases in the state minimum wage were approved in each of the four states where it was presented to the voters.  Alaska voters approved a new minimum wage of $9.75 by January, 2016.  Thereafter, the state wage will be adjusted based on inflation or be set $1 higher than the statutory federal…

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Municipal Minimum Wages

Aside from statewide initiatives, efforts, mainly in California, to mandate wage increases at the local level passed in most cities where they were considered as well.  Eureka, California was the exception that proves the rule as its voters rejected a measure that would have increased the minimum wage within the Humboldt County City to $12/hour. …

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Wisconsin Sued Over Living Wage Ruling

We reported to you back at the beginning of this month on a ruling by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development that rejected a complaint by labor advocates that about 100 low-wage workers were not being paid a “living wage” as required by a 1913 state law.  Well, it seems that one of the labor-backed…

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