Oped Archive (Page 4)

  • Tax credit better way to help poor

    May 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Baton Rouge Advocate

    Gov. John Bel Edwards has proposed raising Louisiana’s minimum wage by 17 percent to $8.50 —giving the state a higher wage floor than two of its three neighbors. State legislators need not put the state at a competitive disadvantage to raise wages. Thanks to a federal policy called the Earned Income Tax Credit, the real minimum wage for many Louisiana families is already over $10 […]
  • The Minimum Wage Eats Restaurants

    May 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Wall Street Journal

    San Francisco’s ever-rising minimum wage—set to hit $15 next year—has restaurant owners asking for the check. “At Least 60 Bay Area Restaurants Have Closed Since September,” read a January headline at the website SFist, which partly blamed “the especially high cost of doing business in SF, with a mandated, rising minimum wage that does not exempt tipped employees.” Another publication, Eater, described the rash of […]
  • ‘May Day’ marchers out of step with minimum wage experts

    May 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau and Michael Saltsman ·  The Hill

    This week, coordinated May Day protests took place in major cities across the country. Among the marchers’ many demands: a $15 national minimum wage. The demonstrations come on the heels of last week’s $15 federal minimum wage legislation introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders and co-sponsored by 22 progressive Senators. But expert opinion is out of step with these literal and legislative marches. A 2015 survey of U.S.-based labor […]
  • Michael Saltsman: Rhode Island’s minimum wage mistake

     ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Providence Journal

    How many minimum wage hikes is too many? The Rhode Island legislature seems determined to find out. The state’s minimum wage has been increased in four of the last five years, rising by 30 percent over this time period — roughly 10 times more than the rate of inflation in the Northeast. Two recently-introduced pieces of legislation would raise the wage floor further, to as high […]
  • Young adults: California’s forgotten class

    April 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau and Michael Saltsman ·  Orange County Register

    California may have the world’s sixth-largest economy, but that’s cold comfort for young adults confronting a dismal summer job market. Once known for its beautiful beaches, moderate climate and stunning vistas, California today is better known for being inhospitable to the middle class — a net importer of better educated, higher-earning employees, and a net exporter of almost everyone else. For those who remain — young […]
  • Op-ed: Gov. Wolf’s minimum wage plans run into economic reality

    April 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  Newsworks

    Gov. Tom Wolf’s rose-colored minimum wage plans have run into green-eyeshade economic reality. A new report by Pennsylvania’s Independent Fiscal Office finds Gov. Wolf’s proposed 66 percent minimum wage increase to $12 would cost the state nearly 54,000 jobs. The report concludes these lost jobs would be concentrated in food service and retail sectors that often operate on razor-thin profit margins and have less ability to absorb dramatic increases […]