Oped Archive (Page 60)

  • Affleck is ‘Dazed and Confused’ over Kennedy’s minimum-wage bill

    May 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  The Hill

    The clash over increasing the minimum wage has begun. In one corner stands noted labor economist Ben Affleck, whose credits include such films as “Dazed and Confused.” In the other, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. In 2001, Greenspan told Congress that a minimum-wage increase would destroy jobs. The evidence on that, he said, is overwhelming. In the three intervening years, America has experienced a soft economy […]
  • Minimum wage hike won’t help the poor

    February 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Wisconsin State Journal

    The nation’s leisure and hospitality industry went on a hiring spree during the last half of last year: about 300,000 new jobs that have been created in every type of service outlet from fast food to four-star dining—in a sector that accounts for just 9 percent of all jobs. The bad news: Wisconsin’s residents are being left out of this long-awaited jobs boom. […]
  • Benefits fail to reach their intended recipients

    January 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  The Atlanta Journal Constitution

    The commission appointed by Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin to study a "living wage" law for Atlanta holds its first public hearing Friday. For nearly a year, the mayor has advocated a living wage, which would require firms doing business with the city to pay employees more than the federal minimum wage. In this she is supported by a variety of imported and home-grown union and activist […]
  • Higher minimum wage can be harmful

    January 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Times Union

    Higher minimum wage can be harmful Gov. George Pataki's lips have so far been sealed on his intentions for a statewide minimum wage hike early next year. But labor and political activists have been cranking up the volume. Earlier this month, they launched a statewide campaign to increase New York's minimum wage 31 percent higher than the federal minimum. Last year, a similar proposal passed […]
  • Minimum Wage Hikes Hurt Less-Skilled

    December 2003 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  The New York Sun

    Governor Pataki’s lips have so far been sealed on his intentions for a statewide minimum wage hike early next year but labor and political activists have been cranking up the volume. Earlier this month, they launched a statewide campaign to increase New York state’s minimum wage a whopping 31% higher than the federal minimum. Last year, a similar proposal passed the Legislature only […]
  • Minimum Wage Hike Hurts Oregon’s Vulnerable Workers

    December 2003 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  The Oregonian

    Why is it that Oregon's entry-level job applicants faced the highest rate of unemployment in the nation in 10 of the past 11 months? Oregon's unemployment rate is 24 percent higher than the national average, and 57 percent higher than it was three years ago when the rate began its upward climb. Oregon is not alone in experiencing this perpetual high state unemployment. Washington, Oregon […]