Oped Archive (Page 57)

  • Least-skilled workers lose with minimum-wage hike

    March 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Uniontown Herald-Standard

    Some lawmakers are hailing a proposed 39% increase in Pennsylvania’s minimum wage as a life preserver for employees struggling in a stormy economic sea. But Harrisburg’s minimum wage bill ensures that the thousands of low-skilled Pennsylvanians who need entry-level employment opportunities will find it even more difficult to stay afloat. The statehouse ought to remember that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan cautioned Congress just last summer […]
  • Increasing minimum wage won’t help jobless

    February 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Duluth News-Tribune

    Some lawmakers are hailing the proposed 36 percent increase in Minnesota's minimum wage as a life preserver for employees struggling in a stormy economic sea. But St. Paul's minimum wage bill ensures that the thousands of low-skilled Minnesotans who need entry-level employment opportunities will find it even more difficult to keep afloat. The statehouse ought to remember that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan cautioned Congress just […]
  • Raising New Jersey’s minimum wage is bad economic policy

    February 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Trenton Times

    Some lawmakers are hailing the proposed 39% increase in New Jersey’s minimum wage as a life preserver for employees struggling in a stormy economic sea. But Trenton’s “heroics” ensure that thousands of low-skilled New Jersey residents who need entry-level employment opportunities will find it even more difficult to stay afloat. The State House ought to remember that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan cautioned Congress just last […]
  • Raising minimum wage stands to hurt low-income workers

    February 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Detroit Free Press

    No one who listened to Gov. Jennifer's Granholm's State of the State address could have mistaken her administration's top priority -- job growth. And no wonder. While the nation added 2.2 million new jobs last year, Michigan lost nearly 50,000, bringing the statewide unemployment rate to 7.3 percent -- tying for last place with Alaska. "We will recover ... but not through the traditional solutions […]
  • Unintended Consequences

    December 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  New York Sun

    When it convenes on Monday, the New York Senate is expected to vote on rejecting Governor Pataki's veto of an increase in the state's minimum wage. If it succeeds, New York's minimum wage will spike to nearly 39% over the federal rate by 2007. But instead of giving low-income New Yorkers an early Christmas gift, senators voting for the wage hike will be saddling them […]
  • Higher pay hurts prospects of people it claims to help

    November 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Asbury Park Press

    New Jersey appears set to raise its statewide minimum wage nearly 36 percent over the federal rate now that Senate President Richard J. Codey has become acting governor. Unfortunately, Trenton's pending wage law threatens the long-term economic prospects of the people it is intended to benefit. Lawmakers who make wage floors the centerpiece of their fight against poverty have ignored the changing demographics of the […]