Oped Archive

  • 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 […]
  • Seattle’s minimum wage lesson for Illinois

    August 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  State Journal Register

    A minimum wage increase that reduces wages? That’s the conclusion of a major new University of Washington minimum wage study, conducted by a research team funded by the City of Seattle. And it couldn’t come at a worse time for Illinois’ minimum proponents who are hoping Gov. Bruce Rauner will sign the $15 legislation currently on his desk. The study, conducted by a diverse group of experienced economists, […]
  • The ‘Smoking Gun’ Emails That Show Advocates, Academics Coordinated To Boost $15

    July 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    The evidence is in, and it's not pretty. This week, the City of Seattle provided a tranche of email records that my organization requested, related to its pro-$15 coordination with a research team at the University of California-Berkeley. (The back-story, for those who are not acquainted with the controversy over a University of Washington report on the city's $15 minimum wage experiment, is available here.) Interested parties can download the […]
  • How Democrats’ “Better Deal” leaves American workers worse off

    July 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Hill

    Congressional Democrats' new "Better Deal" might be a poll-tested marketing slogan, but the policies behind it will leave many Americans worse off. Need proof? Consider the centerpiece of Democrats' wage-raising package: A 107 percent increase in the federal minimum wage to $15 — double the inflation-adjusted historical minimum wage of $7.40. This component of the plan mirrors Senator Bernie Sanders’ "Raise the Wage Act," and also includes an […]
  • Labor’s minimum wage loophole leaves its members behind

    July 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    Santa Monica’s yearly minimum wage increase went into effect on July 1 and reached as high as $15.66 per hour for hotel workers. But at least one group of employees didn’t feel the benefit: Hotel employees represented by UNITE HERE Local 11. This isn’t a quirk in the city’s minimum wage law, but rather an intentional omission designed to grease the proverbial skids of Local […]
  • The Minimum Wage Debate Gets Its Biggest Scandal In Years

    June 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    What did Seattle Mayor Ed Murray know, and when did he know it? That's the question that commentators of all political persuasions are asking, after Seattle Weekly confirmed a suspicion raised by this column: That the Mayor's office deliberately sought to undermine a new University of Washington (UW) report on the city's minimum wage experiment by seeking out a different report that was guaranteed to reach a positive conclusion. Here's the order of events, as established by Seattle Weekly: To review, the […]