Oped Archive

  • Why The $15 Minimum Wage Will Cost California 400,000 Jobs

    December 2017 ·  Michael Satlsman ·  Forbes

    In the new year, less-skilled workers across California will face an old, familiar threat to their employment: A soaring minimum wage. In 2016, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that put the state minimum wage on track to reach $15 per hour by 2022. The next increase—from $10.50 to $11.00—is scheduled for Jan. 1, 2018. If you're a business in one of thirteen different California localities--from […]
  • San Francisco’s Problem Isn’t Robots; It’s the $15 Wage Floor

    November 2017 ·  Michael Satlsman ·  The Wall Street Journal

    Amazon recently received proposals from cities hoping to host its second headquarters. A number of California localities—including Los Angeles, Sacramento, Pomona and Chula Vista—were in the mix. But the tech titan should tread carefully in the Golden State, where policy makers are studying punitive measures against companies that use workplace robots. The latest example is a statewide campaign launched this fall by Jane Kim of the […]
  • New York City’s Empty Storefronts And The $15 Minimum Wage

    November 2017 ·  Michael Satlsman ·  Forbes

    "Why Is New York Full Of Empty Stores?" That's the question posed by the New York Times editorial board in today's paper, as it worries about a "scourge of store closings that afflicts one section of the city after another, notably in Manhattan and parts of Brooklyn." The editorial offers few answers to its question and at least one bad solution in the form of a new "vacancy tax" for building owners […]
  • Take a principled stand against $15 minimum wage

    November 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  North Jersey

    With Gov. Chris Christie leaving office early next year, New Jersey's $15 minimum wage backstop leaves as well. Twice during his tenure, Christie vetoed dramatic minimum wage increases passed by the state’s Democratic legislature, including $15 legislation last year. Gov.-elect Phil Murphy campaigned on a $15 minimum wage, and Democratic state Senate President Steve Sweeney has indicated that legislation will be forthcoming early next year. Perhaps […]
  • Sen. Graham’s Bad Idea To Link Tax Reform To A Minimum Wage Hike

    October 2017 ·  Michael Satlsman ·  Forbes

    Tax reform is important. But is it worth sacrificing hundreds of thousands of jobs to get it done? South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham seems to think so. Bloomberg reported this afternoon that the Senator suggested linking tax reform to an increase in the federal minimum wage to "help draw Democratic support" for reform. The Senator should know better. In 2014, he helped stop legislation to raise the federal minimum wage by nearly 40 […]
  • 25,000 Reasons Why Florida Shouldn’t Fight For $15

    October 2017 ·  Michael Satlsman ·  Forbes

    25,000. That's the number of unemployed young adults in Florida who aren't enrolled in school, and don't have a high school diploma. Their unemployment rate currently averages 22 percent--more than five times the current four-percent state unemployment rate. Even at the state's current minimum wage of $8.10--rising to $8.25 at the start of 2018--these young adults are having difficulty finding employment. Should Florida pursue a $15 minimum […]