Oped Archive

  • 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 […]
  • New year brings stifling new minimum wage hikes

    December 2016 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    Young job seekers in California have unwanted Christmas presents left under the tree: A series of minimum wage hikes given by state and local legislators that will reduce job opportunities in the new year. Unfortunately, these gifts don’t come with a return policy. On New Year’s Day, the minimum wage rises in 12 California cities as well as in the state as a whole. Cupertino, Los […]
  • Forum: Holiday jobs harder to come by

    December 2016 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  New Haven Register

    Students looking to put some extra cash in their stocking this holiday season may end up with a lump of coal instead. Traditional youth holiday job opportunities are increasingly being automated. Online shopping rates are expected to reach all-time highs this holiday season, growing 18 percent to roughly half of all shoppers. Amazon added 120,000 seasonal employees this year to meet the online shopping demand. That’s […]
  • Maine Voices: Awareness of tipped-wage issue might have tipped balance on Question 4 vote

    December 2016 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Portland Press Herald

    A majority of Maine voters approved a $12-an-hour minimum wage on Nov. 8. But many voters didn’t understand that, when they voted for $12, they were also voting for a radical (and little-advertised) provision to raise the minimum wage for tipped employees by 220 percent. Fortunately, the Legislature has a chance to fix it. After the election last month, we used Google’s Consumer Survey tool to poll […]
  • $15 Minimum Wage Bad For Connecticut

    December 2016 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Hartford Courant

    After nearly a year of study, Connecticut's Low Wage Employer Advisory Board recommended that the Connecticut General Assembly pass a $15 minimum wage law. As the board's biased name would suggest, this conclusion was foregone, but it doesn't mean legislators need to act on it. Connecticut has had a front-row seat to the launch and growth of the Fight for $15 campaign. It originated in New […]