Research

  • The Impact of a $12 Minimum Wage in Maine

    September 2016

    Proponents of a higher minimum wage in Maine, led by the state AFL-CIO, have gathered enough signatures to put their proposed $12 minimum wage to a vote this November. Executive Director Matt Schlobohm defended the proposed 60 percent increase with a moral appeal: “Working people deserve fair wages…they deserve better than poverty for full-time work.” The accumulated evidence, including a new analysis specific to Maine, shows that a wage increase will not deliver these [...]
  • The Labor Market Impacts of Paid Sick Leave: Evidence from Connecticut

    August 2016

    In 2012, Connecticut became the first US state to enact a law requiring private employers to provide paid sick leave. Four years later, the state remains one of the only significant sources of data on the labor market impact of such a law. (California and Oregon only recently enacted similar laws via their state legislatures, as did Massachusetts voters at the ballot box.) In a survey [...]
  • Anticipated Business Reactions to a $15 Minimum Wage in Washington, D.C.

    May 2016

    This report features the results of survey of 100 Washington, D.C. businesses that would be affected by the $15 minimum wage proposed by Mayor Muriel Bowser. The survey, conducted between May 6 and May 19, 2016, asked D.C. employers about their experiences with recently-enacted minimum wage increases in the District, as well as their reactions to the proposed $15 requirement. (The Mayor has also proposed raising [...]
  • Weighing Priorities for Part-Time Workers: An Early Evaluation of San Francisco's Formula Retail Scheduling Ordinance

    May 2016

    In recent years, San Francisco has led the charge for additional workplace mandates. These include a higher minimum wage, paid sick leave, and the availability of a “fair” schedule. The city was the first to enact legislation on this latter point, passing the Formula Retail Employee Rights Ordinance in late 2014. San Francisco’s law requires most “chain” stores, as well as their contractors, to provide schedules [...]
  • The Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage in New Jersey

    May 2016

    Proponents of a higher wage in New Jersey argue that a $15 wage will pull families out of poverty while saving taxpayers money. For instance, Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto argued that, “[a $15 minimum wage] will be an integral component in our efforts to stop the decline in the middle class and lift working families out of poverty.” But But mounting evidence, including a new analysis [...]
  • The Non-Working Poor and a $15 Minimum Wage

    April 2016

    One of the most cited reasons for increasing the minimum wage is that it’s necessary in order to reduce poverty rates. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo declared that his $15 wage proposal – now an impending reality for many in the state – “will lift more than 250,000 New Yorkers out of poverty.” Skeptics of the policy have highlighted the potential for job loss among employees that a $15 minimum wage [...]