Oped Archive

  • Who’s Actually Behind These Minimum-Wage Ballot Measures?

    October 2018 ·  Samantha Summers ·  Investor's Business Daily

    Voters in Missouri and Arkansas will head to the polls this November to vote on whether to raise the minimum wage in those states. The ballot measures are the handiwork of seemingly grassroots organizations "Arkansas for a Fair Wage" and "Raise Up Missouri." However, a closer look reveals that each initiative's main supporters aren't local residents, but rather deep-pocketed national labor unions and special interest groups. Consider […]
  • No matter how much Cuomo gives The Left, he can’t win their love

    September 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The New York Post

    Gov. Andrew Cuomo went into his gubernatorial primary against Cynthia Nixon on Thursday with statewide polls giving him a nearly 40-point advantage. Yet Cuomo’s nervous habit of desperately trying to appease his left flank continued right through the primary — and shows no sign of slowing down as the governor mulls a presidential run. But Cuomo shouldn’t let the election pass without learning a lesson about his […]
  • Initiative 77 was wrong in June, and it’s wrong now

    September 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Washington Post

    Call it the wage increase that wasn’t. In June, 10 percent of registered D.C. voters supported Initiative 77, a ballot measure to raise the base wage for tipped employees by 200 percent. Proponents of the measure portrayed this low-turnout win as a meaningful one. Yet a survey of voters who supported the idea shows that a majority wrongly thought they were supporting a minimum-wage increase to $15 — […]
  • Minimum wage increases keep teenagers from summer jobs

    August 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman and Samantha Summers ·  The News Press

    This summer’s 9.2 percent youth unemployment rate is deceptively low--and disguises a disturbing trend. Nearly 11 million teenagers aged 16-19 have dropped out of the labor force entirely, which means they don't have a job and aren't looking for one. This represents a nearly 20-percentage point decline from two decades ago, when more than half of all teens were in the labor force. Some of the reasons […]
  • Florida should heed California’s problems in raising the minimum wage

    August 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Tallahassee Democrat

    Should Florida join California in its embrace of a $15 minimum wage? Orlando attorney John Morgan wants to put the question to Florida voters on the 2020 ballot, and he's made a $1 million funding commitment to the make it happen. (Recent campaign finance filings show that half this money has already been donated.) Before voters embrace the "Fight for $15" — indeed, before they even sign […]
  • Minimum wage hikes a poor way of lifting people out of poverty

    July 2018 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The OC Register

    When is a mandated pay raise not a real raise? Employees in 18 states and localities (including ten in California) are about to find out as local minimum wages increased on July 1st. The purpose of this policy is to raise wages for less-advantaged employees at the bottom of the pay scale. But new research suggests an opposite effect; a higher minimum wage has done little […]