Oped Archive (Page 61)

  • 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 […]
  • High Minimum Wage Equals High Unemployment

    December 2003 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Why is it that Washington state's entry-level job applicants faced one of the highest rates of unemployment in the nation this year? The state's unemployment rate is 15 percent higher than the national average and 42 percent higher than it was five years ago when the state introduced a minimum wage higher than the federal minimum. Washington state is not alone in experiencing this perpetual high […]
  • A truly rotten export

    October 2003 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Orange County Register

    In recent years, the nation’s governors have gotten used to looking at California’s troubles with a mixture of relief and smug self-satisfaction. But as Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger worries how the Golden State will ever be able to afford the Health Insurance Act (SB 2) signed by Gov. Gray Davis in his administration’s twilight hours, he is far from the only state chief executive who should […]
  • Health Insurance Act fiscally disastrous

    October 2003 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    California Governor-elect Schwarzenegger’s predecessor has left him a poison pill that he has no alternative but to swallow. The Health Insurance Act, signed by Gov. Gray Davis in the twilight hours of his administration, mandates every California company with more than 20 employees to provide employee health insurance. The cost, according to Aaron Yelowitz, a health and labor economist at the University of Kentucky and the […]
  • Davis’ Bid To Stay In Office Will Cost Jobs In California

    October 2003 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Investor's Business Daily

    It's 10 minutes to midnight for Gov. Gray Davis. As judgment day approaches, measures that were once, or twice, vetoed on grounds of cost or even national security have become law with a flourish of the governor's pen. No surprise, then, that he signed a bill Sunday that requires every employer with more than 20 employees to provide employee health coverage that will cost Golden State […]
  • Minimum wage hikes cost the recipients

    September 2003 ·  Kristen Lopez Eastlick ·  Boston Herald

    This Labor Day, America faces a profound choice over the fate of its low-skilled work force. We can follow a crowd of prominent Democrats including Howard Dean, John Kerry and Dick Gephardt, who are teaming up with Old Deal liberal warrior Sen. Edward Kennedy to promote an increase in the federal minimum wage by 29 percent. Or we can move forward on the path first […]