Raising the Minimum Wage

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  • The Impact of a $12 Minimum Wage in Maine

    September 2016

    Proponents of a higher minimum wage in Maine, led by the state AFL-CIO, have gathered enough signatures to put their proposed $12 minimum wage to a vote this November. Executive Director Matt Schlobohm defended the proposed 60 percent increase with a moral appeal: “Working people deserve fair wages…they deserve better than poverty for full-time work.” The accumulated evidence, including a new analysis specific to Maine, shows that a wage increase will not deliver these [...]
  • The Labor Market Impacts of Paid Sick Leave: Evidence from Connecticut

    August 2016

    In 2012, Connecticut became the first US state to enact a law requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave. Four years later, the state remains one of the only significant sources of data on the labor market impact of such a law. (California and Oregon only recently enacted similar laws via their state legislatures, as did Massachusetts voters at the ballot box.) In a survey [...]
  • Anticipated Business Reactions to a $15 Minimum Wage in Washington, D.C.

    May 2016

    This report features the results of survey of 100 Washington, D.C. businesses that would be affected by the $15 minimum wage proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The survey, conducted between May 6 and May 19, 2016, asked D.C. employers about their experiences with recently-enacted minimum wage increases in the District, as well as their reactions to the proposed $15 requirement. (The Mayor has also proposed raising [...]