It has long been debated what impact minimum wage increases actually have on job prospects for those same low income individuals the minimum wage is designed to help. A study released a few weeks ago by the Employment Policies Institute (EPI) says that California raising the minimum wage as it has could cost the state as many as 400,000 jobs by 2022. The study, California Dreamin of Higher Wages: Evaluating the Golden State’s 30-Year Minimum Wage Experiment, looked at wage and employment data covering the years 1990 to 2016, tracking whether expected job growth slowed in areas with more minimum-wage workers. The findings stand in stark contrast to a UCal-Berkeley study from last June that claimed Seattle’s minimum wage increases actually yielded higher job growth and projected California’s would also.