Oped Archive (Page 6)

  • Minimum wage boost would damage economy

    March 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Quad City Times

    Gov. Terry Branstad is half-right on the minimum wage. Last month, the governor threw his support behind "a modest increase" in the Iowa’s minimum wage as well as a measure that would restrict municipalities from increasing their minimum wage above the state level. He's wrong on the first point but right on the second. A review of the best minimum wage research, published by the Federal Reserve […]
  • What a Gig Harbor toy store can tell us about Washington’s minimum wage

    February 2017 ·  Jordan Bruneau ·  Tacoma Tribune

    The early evidence of Washington state’s minimum wage increase is in, and the results so far are not promising. In January the state’s starter wage increased to $11 on its way to $13.50 by 2020. Since then, numerous small businesses in the state have been forced to cut job opportunities or close their doors in response. O’Doherty’s Pub in Spokane is closing, with the owner citing the […]
  • Proposal to hike Nevada’s minimum wage will erode state’s entry-level job market

    February 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Las Vegas Review Journal

    This year, Nevada’s small business and entry-level employees probably won’t hit the jackpot. The Legislature is considering minimum wage legislation proposed by state Sen. Kelvin Atkinson, a Las Vegas Democrat, that would raise the state’s minimum wage to $11 for all businesses and $12 for businesses that do not offer health insurance. This 33 percent minimum wage hike will raise new barriers to the job market […]
  • ‘Fake News’ Fools Critics Of Trump’s Labor Nominee

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Forbes

    The column headline was sensational: Donald Trump's nominee for Labor Secretary, CKE Restaurants CEO Andrew Puzder, "sticks taxpayers with the cost" of supporting his employees and the employees of his franchisees. As proof, the author--Los Angeles Times labor columnist Michael Hiltzik--pointed readers to a policy paper from the union-backed National Employment Law Project (NELP), which claimed that Puzder's restaurant company receives an estimated annual taxpayer subsidy of $247 million. The NELP […]
  • Montgomery County should back away from a higher minimum wage

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Washington Post

    If the Montgomery County Council needs a compelling reason to hit pause on its plans to pursue a $15 minimum wage, it should look to the states and localities that already took the plunge on unprecedented wage hikes. Start with the District. In 2014, the District passed legislation to raise its starter wage to $11.50 by 2016; Montgomery and Prince George’s counties followed suit and enacted […]
  • Cuomo’s minimum-wage hikes are already killing jobs

    January 2017 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  New York Post

    New York’s small businesses headed into the new year on a sour note. As of Dec. 31, the Empire State shares with California the dubious distinction of having the country’s most onerous minimum-wage requirements. Employers now face at least 14 different minimum-wage levels, depending on the size, type and location of a business, as well as the type of employee. (The state restaurant association has compiled […]