The Unintended Consequences of San Francisco’s Minimum-Wage Hike
On July 1st, San Francisco’s minimum wage will increase from $13 to $14. One year after that, the Golden City will fulfill its promise of a $15 floor. And before too long, it won’t be just San Franciscans who will be …
The Left Pays No Price When Its Gambles Prove Costly
Sometimes life forces us to make decisions, even when we don’t have enough information to know how the decision will turn out. The risks may be even greater when people make decisions for other people. Yet there are some …
In a November debate, Trump got the first question: about the minimum wage. He answered,
[W]e are a country that is being beaten on every front economically, militarily. There is nothing that we do now to win. . . . [T]axes …
The Uncool and Immoral Fight for $15
Our lecturer-in-chief recently informed the class that “it’s not cool to not know what you’re talking about.” Great. Now if only Mr. Obama would take that message to his comrades on the left advocating a minimum wage of $15.
The Minimum Wage and the Dangers of Government-by-Decree
Bernie Sanders doesn’t have to think too hard about the minimum wage. He lets other people do his thinking for him, which, in his case, probably isn’t the worst idea most of the time. There’s a movement …
Minimum-Wage Activists Should Look to Puerto Rico for Clues to the Future
When signing the bill raising California’s minimum wage, Governor Jerry Brown called the new $15 minimum wage “good politics” but “questionable policy.” He may be more prescient than many realize. There was a time in recent American history when a …
The Minimum Wage Makes No Sense — Let’s Do It Anyway!
‘Economically, minimum wages may not make sense,” said California governor Jerry Brown on Monday. He then signed a bill mandating a 50 percent increase in California’s minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 over six years.
The same day, as if …
California’s Latest Move to Sabotage Its Low-Wage Workers
As you probably know, on Monday California announced it would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022. This is significantly larger than the hike proposed by President Obama last year. It makes California the largest state to attempt to …
It’s Time to End the Federal Minimum Wage
Sweden has no minimum wage. Nor does Denmark. Nor Finland. Nor Italy. Nor Austria. Does its absence affect the unemployment rate? Yes, the average unemployment rate is about four percentage points lower in countries with no minimum-wage laws than in …
Reporter to Fast-Food Protester: Paramedics Don’t Even Make $15 an Hour, and They Save Lives
This week fast-food workers held protests in cities nationwide, demanding their pay be increased to $15/hour. In Southfield, Mich., the city’s Democratic mayor-elect, Ken Siver, joined the protests, telling Fox 2 Detroit, “You can’t live on the current minimum wage, how …
An Alternative to Increasing the Minimum Wage
If there’s one blessing in the election of Donald Trump as president of the United States, it’s that it has highlighted one of the worst festering social problems of the country: the slow decline of the working class (…
The Fight-for-$15 Fantasy
Minimum-wage silly season bursts into full bloom tonight, when the DNC features a “Fight for $15” advocate from Michigan. This follows from the party’s platform statement that “the current minimum wage is a starvation wage and must be increased to …
Democrats, the Law of Demand, and the ‘Fight for 15’
Gas prices have fallen almost in half over the past two years. So Americans are driving more. Beef prices have risen by a quarter since 2012. Not surprisingly, Americans now eat less beef.
Economists call this the Law of Demand. People …
California Will Put Minimum-Wage Theories to the Test
California employers must pay at least $15 an hour by 2023. Adjusted for inflation, that works out to $13.39 an hour in today’s dollars — higher than any other country’s real minimum wage, even France’s. And it will soon cover …
Bernie and Hillary’s Harmful Good Intentions on the Minimum Wage
Much has been written about the ignorance, impracticality, and offensiveness of many of the Republican front-runners’ policy proposals. Not nearly enough has been written about the ignorance, impracticality, and offensiveness of the policy proposals emanating from the Democratic side, some …
How White Castle Will Adjust to a $15 Minimum Wage in New York
‘This is something that’s become a bumper sticker,” Jamie Richardson tells me. “But it hasn’t really been thought through. There is a better way to get people out of poverty than hiking the minimum wage.”
Richardson is a …
Will California Take a Chance on $15?
California’s political leaders are taking a big gamble with other people’s lives with their $15-minimum-wage proposal. Millions of workers could benefit, but many others would be left behind.
The potential damage to California businesses is obvious — making …
Oregon’s Universities Hit Hard by Minimum Wage Hike
Ah, the sweet smell of social justice activism backfiring. As we read in this Breitbart piece, Oregon’s public universities are mbetween a rock and a hard place due to the “generosity” of state politicians because the cost of employing many …
Minimum Wage Hikes Aren’t Welfare Reform
One of the strangest arguments for raising the minimum wage has come from liberals claiming it will cut welfare spending. Many on the left argue that raising the minimum wage will raise earnings and cause workers to qualify for fewer …
Government Should Dump Wage Laws
What should government do about wages? Butt out.
From minimum wages to living wages, liberal busybodies keep trying to decide how much Americans should be paid for their labor. They need to stop.
First, fundamental freedom. As …