Minimum Wage

“Fight for $15” is about to prove what the real minimum wage is

by Skip November 21, 2016

We’ve all been blogging about the effort, spearheaded by a lot of folks who don’t believe someone’s money actually belongs to those that earned it, to organize the fast food industry to a minimum wage of $15/hour for flipping burgers.  Far above the economic worth of that actual job and believing that there would be […]

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Notable Quote – Mark Perry

by Skip October 24, 2016

Remember that the real minimum wage is always zero, because that’s the wage that hundreds of thousands, possibly millions of workers will receive following an increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, because they will either lose their jobs or fail to find jobs when they enter the labor force. (See Congressional Budget Office […]

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Notable Quote – Paul Samuelson

by Skip September 24, 2016

Let me read you another one. “Minimum wage rates: these often hurt those they are designed to help. What good does it do a Negro youth to know that an employer must pay him $1.60 per hour if the fact that he must be paid that amount is what keeps him from getting a job?” […]

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Shocker: Raise the Price of Something, Get Less of It!

by Scott Morales August 26, 2016

More Democrat policies to encourage “flight of capital and jobs”. From Townhall.com: Minimum Wage Increase Puts 1,400 D.C. Restaurant Employees Out of Work D.C. restaurants have lost 1,400 jobs in the first half of the year. This loss—the steepest drop since the 2001 recession—follows a significant minimum wage hike. Data  suggests that the D.C. restaurant industry […]

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Data Point- DC Minimum Wages up, employment down

by Skip August 24, 2016

How’s that higher minimum wage working out for jobs in DC? The nation’s capital has been leading the way on the minimum wage front and the Fight for 15 crowd couldn’t be happier. Still, those not invested in the future of the unions and the Social Justice Warrior movement have questions which deserve answers. Just […]

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Notable Quote – Prof. Walter Williams

by Skip August 2, 2016

On minimum wage laws: There are many real-world examples of compensating differences. Full-fledged doctors receive hourly pay that ranges between $80 and $157. A brand-new intern earns about $34 an hour. What do you think would happen to a hospital’s willingness to hire an intern if there were a minimum hourly wage for interns of, […]

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“Jobs are a Cost of Doing Something, Not a Benefit.”

by Steve MacDonald July 12, 2016
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Hostess went belly up in late 2012 thanks to unmanageable costs. There were some serious infrastructure and logistics issues but the biggest weight around the company neck was union contracts. The Union bosses bled the company dry until it could no longer afford to operate. Hostess closed up shop, Twinkies disappeared from store shelves, and thousands […]

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So We Gave Them Their $15 Minimum Wage…

by Steve MacDonald June 8, 2016
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D.C. Demonstrates Complete Left-Wing Disconnect on Jobs and Wages

by Steve MacDonald June 7, 2016
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Washington D.C. hiked its minimum wage. Businesses reacted. (Free Beacon) Nearly half of Washington, D.C. employers said they have either laid off employees or reduced the hours of employees to adapt to the District of Columbia’s minimum wage hikes since 2014, according to a report from the Employment Policies Institute. The city and its Democrat Mayor and City Council want to […]

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Notable Quote – Thomas Leonard

by Skip June 2, 2016

For progressives, a legal minimum wage had the useful property of sorting the unfit, who would lose their jobs, from the deserving workers, who would retain their jobs.  Royal Meeker, a Princeton economist who served as Woodrow Wilson’s U.S. Commissioner of Labor, opposed a proposal to subsidize the wages of poor workers for this reason. […]

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Wendy’s Goes Full KIOSK!

by Steve MacDonald May 13, 2016
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A number of fast-food providers have hinted at moving to self-service Kiosks, interactive digital devices customers use to place an order. The Kiosk would replace the cashier/order-taker at the restaurant, and all of the costs associated with employing them. Burger chain Wendy’s is no longer hinting. They are making the option available in company stores […]

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Federal Government Ambassador to NH Jeanne Shaheen shows her Fascist side

by Skip May 11, 2016

Declaration of Independence:  We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of […]

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Fight for 15 will Cost 500 Minimum Wage Workers at UC Berkeley Their Jobs

by Steve MacDonald April 19, 2016
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Nothing proves the Right ‘right’ like Liberals getting ‘their way.’ The $15 minimum wage hike in California has sent financially troubled UC Berkeley into decision making mode, and “the people who clean buildings, who work in food services or health clinics,” says Todd Stenhouse, will be the ones without a job. According to the article UC Berkeley has […]

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Fight for 15 Driving Garment Makers and Jobs Out of California

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2016
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US garment manufacturers operating on low margins to compete for wholesale or retail clients can’t operate in California if they have to pay all their employees $15.00/hour. To stay in business, they will have to move manufacturing out of the state or more likely out of the country. Last week American Apparel, the biggest clothing […]

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Minimum Wage Hike Killing Jobs in Seattle?

by Steve MacDonald March 14, 2016
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Beginning in April of last year employment numbers in the city of Seattle began to drop as unemployment rose. The AEI study, worked up from Bureau of Labor Statistics’ monthly surveys, shows that, between April and December last year, Seattle saw the biggest employment drop in any nine-month period since 2009 — a full year […]

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Min. Wage Hike About Making Union Fat Cats Fatter

by Steve MacDonald February 21, 2016
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Unions (Super PACs) are using their deep pockets and ready-made army of activists to push for a $15.00 an hour minimum wage. But this activism has nothing to do with workers (how could it) it is about using the guns of government to make fat-cat union bosses fatter.

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Once again, NH Democrat proves her economic illiteracy (by using my argument)

by Skip January 27, 2016

From the Union Leader, my brow first furrowed and then LMOA: Increasing state’s minimum wage debated “Paying decent wages is a good investment for our economy,” said Senate Bill 412’s prime sponsor, Sen. Donna Soucy, D-Manchester. “Well-paid workers are better employees and better customers; their spending helps sustain our businesses and our economy.” The state’s […]

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“The cruelty of the Minimum Wage”

by Skip January 20, 2016

In this short animated video from Learn Liberty I explain why raising the minimum wage is a bad idea if the goal is to improve the economic fortunes of the least-advantaged workers and families. The minimum wage yields unfair advantages to families, such as mine, with teenagers who hail from middle- and high-income households, who are well-educated, […]

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Notable Quote – Mark Perry

by Skip December 10, 2015

In summary, economists are not unconcerned about unskilled workers, we are actually very concerned about those workers. And it is because of that concern to maximize employment opportunities that economists oppose the minimum wage. Simply put, we would rather see unskilled workers employed at a market wage – even if that wage is only $5, […]

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Portland, Maine Rejects Min. Wage Hike to 15.00/Hour

by Steve MacDonald November 8, 2015
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A ballot initiative in Portland Maine to increase the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour failed last Tuesday. What makes this defeat so instructive is that Portland IS the Democrat Mecca of Maine. Forty-seven percent are registered Democrat. Six percent of its voters are members of the Green Party.  In the last election for governor […]

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Socialists – always do as I preach but don’t watch me do it

by Skip October 21, 2015

(H/T: Liberal Logic 101)

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Minimum Wage – the economics version of Obamacare

by Skip October 12, 2015

Which is to say – the turning upside down of a system for not a lot of benefit for anyone and will result in higher costs (in more ways than a few) for everyone. The average family income of a minimum wage worker is more than $44,000 a year – far more than can be […]

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Granite Status – Dem NH CD-1 Candidate Wants to Raise Min. Wage to $15/Hour

by Steve MacDonald September 17, 2015
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Will Carol Shea-Porter try to out bid him? SHAWN O’CONNOR, a Democratic congressional candidate in the 1st District, plans to announce today that he supports increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 by 2021, and indexing it to inflation. His proposal would give small businesses a tax credit equal to 50 percent of the increase […]

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The $15 min wage spawns automated restaurant

by Skip September 13, 2015

We’ve written a lot about raising the minimum wage by Government fiat is unwise, silly, and an appropriation of private citizens’ private property.  By arbitrarily demanding that shopkeepers and small biz owners give low skilled workers something close to a “living wage” is nothing more than: Ignoring  basic economic law (like the Law of Gravity) […]

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So WHY are those “living wage” pizzas not doing well?

by Skip August 25, 2015

If he’s not careful, his workers are going to end up like those in Seattle – what happened when a town in California raised it’s minimum wage (reformatted, emphasis mine): Small businesses are already struggling to survive the spate of minimum wage increases to $15 per hour in parts of California. Last month, the small Bay […]

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So, how’s Seattle’s raising the minimum wage to $15 working for those it was supposed to help?

by Skip August 25, 2015

Once again, we see the hubris of planners and those that have never signed the front of a paycheck in companies that have low profit margins in low skilled worker industries (re: restaurants)(emphasis mine): In June of last year, the Seattle city council passed a $15 minimum wage law to be phased in over time, […]

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Sleepless in Seattle?

by Steve MacDonald July 27, 2015
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Income trigger warning. A certain class of nearly-doing-well-enoughs are concerned that recent wage justice victories in Seattle will trigger income thresholds in a variety of government subsidies that will result in those free-rides being discontinued. They are asking their employers for fewer hours so they can keep their government handouts. Yes indeed. Seattle’s best only work to […]

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Progressivism is Managing Those Deemed Undesireable

by Steve MacDonald May 28, 2015
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Most gun laws and permitting requirements were not proposed for the general safety but to disarm portions of the population deemed undesirable or a threat to those in power. Minimum wage laws were created to exclude portions of the population from the work force deemed undesirable -something they have always done and continue to do, […]

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Unions Want Exemption to Mandatory $15/hr Minimum Wage they Just Pushed

by Steve MacDonald May 28, 2015
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Unions pushed for a $15 minimum wage in Los Angeles. They worked hard to make sure there were no exemptions, work-arounds, or loopholes for businesses. But they’d like very much–thank you–to carve out an exemption for themselves. (Just get a load of the language they use…) “With a collective bargaining agreement, a business owner and […]

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Union Admits 15$ Min Wage Will Cost Jobs

by Steve MacDonald May 18, 2015
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Union Admits 15$ Min Wage Will Cost Jobs, but they are OK with that. @jasonahart will some people lose their jobs? yes, but the work still needs to get done — IBEW Local 570 (@IBEW570) May 13, 2015 Jason Hart | Watchdog.org

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