Oped Archive (Page 57)

  • The unintended consequences of a minimum-wage hike

    January 2006 ·  Megan McDonald ·  Virginian-Pilot

    Legislators understandably believe that they are in the business of solving problems. Interest groups continually bring problems to their attention and suggest changes in the law that will fix the situation. Lawmakers could be forgiven for thinking that they have a magic wand—fixing problems with a new law. Unfortunately, most policy questions aren’t that simple. Often the new law not only doesn’t solve the problem, […]
  • The unintended consequences of a minimum-wage hike

    January 2006 ·  Megan McDonald ·  Virginian-Pilot

    Legislators understandably believe that they are in the business of solving problems. Interest groups continually bring problems to their attention and suggest changes in the law that will fix the situation. Lawmakers could be forgiven for thinking that they have a magic wand—fixing problems with a new law. Unfortunately, most policy questions aren’t that simple. Often the new law not only doesn’t solve the […]
  • Minimum Wage Increase Hurts Low-Income Families

    May 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Raising the minimum wage “destroys jobs,” and the evidence for that “is overwhelming.” The words of a business lobby? Of a self-interested corporation? No, that’s Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan speaking. The debate over raising Wisconsin’s minimum wage has been painted as Republicans vs. Democrats, businesses vs. poor people. Politics aside, economists will tell you that a major problem with raising the minimum wage is […]
  • Hiking minimum wage: Be careful with wish

    April 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Philadelphia Inquirer

    As Gov. Rendell and state legislators consider a proposal for a $7 an hour minimum wage, they should also bear in mind Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan's warning that such a move "prevents people who are at the early stages of their careers... from getting a foothold in the ladder of promotions." Wage-hike proponents often argue that minimum-wage employees haven't had a raise since Congress […]
  • Minimum wage increase challenged

    April 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Foster's Daily Democrat

    “But everyone else is doing it...” If you’ve got teenagers, you may have heard those words used to rationalize everything from raves to body piercings. Even as adults, many find it impossible to resist the siren call of peer pressure. Lawmakers in Concord, for example, are pushing to increase New Hampshire’s minimum wage by nearly 30 percent to bring the state into line with the […]
  • Wal-Mart bill would hurt low-skill, entry level workers

    April 2005 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Cumberland Times-News

    Frustrated by their inability to win key organizing battles, labor unions have turned their attention from the workplace to statehouses across the country. Their most recent target is the state of Maryland, where organized labor is pushing legislation mandating employer-paid health benefits they have been unable win at the negotiating table. The recently debated Maryland Fair Share Act (SB 790/HB 1284) would require […]