Oped Archive (Page 6)

  • 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 […]
  • Target shows the way on the minimum wage

    October 2017 ·  Michael Satlsman ·  The Orange County Register

    Big-box retailer Target announced last month that it will voluntarily raise its pay floor to $15 an hour by 2020. It’s the latest example of why a government wage mandate of this magnitude is unnecessary. Supporters of the labor union-backed campaign for a $15 minimum wage took credit for the retailer’s decision, but the company’s CEO offered a more self-interested rationale: Recruiting “top-quality” help to staff […]
  • Minimum wage push bad for servers

    September 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Detroit News

    It’s a solution in search of a problem. And it may be coming soon to a ballot box near you. The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), a controversial advocacy group with a checkered past, announced this week that it’s collecting signatures for a ballot measure that would raise the state’s tipped minimum wage by an eye-popping 240 percent, while also raising the overall minimum wage to $12 […]
  • Stale, misguided, divisive: $15 minimum wage can’t win elections

    September 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Hill

    Is the minimum wage a winning "wedge" issue? The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) certainly thinks so. Recently, the union announced plans for a massive voter engagement drive for the 2018 election cycle focusing specifically on the Midwest. However, its method of convincing voters to push Democrats into power isn't revolutionary. The union is attempting to turn the minimum wage into a major election issue — yet again. Politicos […]
  • Beware unintended consequences of minimum wage hike

    September 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Kansas City Star

    Call it the $15 question: Who’s the real face of a rising minimum wage in Missouri? An Aug. 28 guest commentary in The Star suggested that the author — an older, college-educated employee supporting a family — was typical of those working in restaurants at the minimum wage. Federal data suggest otherwise: Less than one percent of the restaurant workforce in the Kansas City metro area […]
  • The bogus backlash against Montgomery County’s minimum-wage report

    August 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Washington Post

    A new report finding substantial job loss from a proposed $15 minimum wage in Montgomery County has drawn scorn rather than self-reflection from the policy’s supporters. The backlash came primarily from the proposal’s champion, County Council member Marc Elrich (D-At Large), who was none too pleased to see a neutral third party identify the negative consequences. “It’s not a valid study,” he huffed in an interview with The Post. The […]