Oped Archive

  • Proposal to hike Nevada’s minimum wage will erode state’s entry-level job market

    February 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Las Vegas Review Journal

    This year, Nevada’s small business and entry-level employees probably won’t hit the jackpot. The Legislature is considering minimum wage legislation proposed by state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, a Las Vegas Democrat, that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 for all businesses and $12 for businesses that do not offer health insurance. This 33 percent minimum wage hike will raise new barriers to the job market […]
  • ‘Fake News’ Fools Critics Of Trump’s Labor Nominee

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    The column headline was sensational: Donald Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder, "sticks taxpayers with the cost" of supporting his employees and the employees of his franchisees. As proof, the author--Los Angeles Times labor columnist Michael Hiltzik--pointed readers to a policy paper from the union-backed National Employment Law Project (NELP), which claimed that Puzder's restaurant company receives an estimated annual taxpayer subsidy of $247 million. The NELP […]
  • Montgomery County should back away from a higher minimum wage

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Washington Post

    If the Montgomery County Council needs a compelling reason to hit pause on its plans to pursue a $15 minimum wage, it should look to the states and localities that already took the plunge on unprecedented wage hikes. Start with the District. In 2014, the District passed legislation to raise its starter wage to $11.50 by 2016; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties followed suit and enacted […]
  • Cuomo’s minimum-wage hikes are already killing jobs

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  New York Post

    New York’s small businesses headed into the new year on a sour note. As of Dec. 31, the Empire State shares with California the dubious distinction of having the country’s most onerous minimum-wage requirements. Employers now face at least 14 different minimum-wage levels, depending on the size, type and location of a business, as well as the type of employee. (The state restaurant association has compiled […]
  • What’s ‘fair’ about a work-scheduling bill that hurts employees and businesses?

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Crain's New York Business

    New York City has become a laboratory for the left, and its next experiment is sure to fail The City Council’s resolution for 2017 appears to be more red tape and fewer job opportunities in the Big Apple. That’s the net effect of new "Fair Work Week" legislation that would impose union-style work rules on fast-food businesses. New York City has become a laboratory for the left, […]
  • The ‘Fight for $15’: Coming to a City Hall Near You

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Wall Street Journal

    The Trump administration should show local officials the research proving that minimum wages cost jobs. Call it a New Year’s Day massacre for the entry-level job market: As 2017 dawned, the minimum wage went up in 19 states and more than 20 cities or counties. In California alone, 12 cities raised their starting pay requirement, some to as high as $13 an hour, compared with $7.25 for […]