Oped Archive (Page 3)

  • 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 […]
  • On Tipped Wage, Berkeley Should Learn From its Neighbors

    July 2013 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Contra Costa Times

    Berkeley currently is entertaining a proposal to match its neighbors in San Jose and San Francisco with a $10-or-higher hourly minimum wage. Wisely, Mayor Tom Bates offered the modest caveat that such an increase also should account for the tip income earned by restaurant employees such as waiters and waitresses. A loose coalition of labor organizers and academics has offered a barrage of misinformation in an […]
  • ‘Fight for $15’ Protest Only Fights the Future

    May 2013 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

    A small percentage of Milwaukee's fast-food workforce walked off the job this week, demanding a greater than 100% increase in the minimum wage — to $15 an hour from Wisconsin's current $7.25 an hour. Though the strikers have targeted fast-food chain restaurants, their real battle isn't with restaurant management at all; it's with the restaurant's price-conscious customers. And if the workers get their way with a […]
  • Only Thing ‘Living Wage’ Raises Is Unemployment, Especially Among Teens

    February 2011 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Washington Examiner

    An organization called Respect DC has called for retail giant Wal-Mart to pay its employees a “living wage” if they want to locate in the District. Our neighbors to the north of Eastern Avenue have gone a step further; a coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups have launched a “Raise Maryland” campaign to convince that state’s legislature to create a statewide minimum of “living wage” […]
  • EITC vs. Minimum Wage: Where Should Advocates Place Their Bets?

    January 2011 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Spotlight on Poverty

    The best way to lift people out of poverty is to help businesses grow and create jobs. But while a rising tide of economic prosperity can reduce poverty, it won’t end it. There’s general agreement that government has a role to play in helping the less fortunate. But it should do so with an eye to minimizing unintended consequences—which is why it’s time to reevaluate […]
  • A Consensus In Favor Of Wage Mandates?

    January 2011 ·  Rick Berman ·  Investor's Business Daily

    Liberal advocacy groups who argue in favor of a higher minimum wage have a tough job: Faced with mountains of data countering their argument that wage mandates don't cost jobs, they struggle to find their intellectual footing. They often display a Potemkin village of 665 economists who subscribe to a theory that suggests labor costs don't factor into hiring decisions. First compiled and promoted by the […]