Minimum Wage

New Hampshire Has the Highest Median Income in the US

by Steve MacDonald September 13, 2017

For a state with no minimum wage the people who live here are doing rather well. The mean average hourly wage for the entire state rose from $22.62/hour in 2014 to $24.03/hour in the 2016 report (+6.2%). The mean entry level wage in New Hampshire is $10.66/hour, $3.41 above the federal minimum wage. The median […]

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Jobs Americans WILL do when there are no immigrants around

by Skip July 15, 2017

Good things coming from our neighbors to our East in Maine – workers actually lobbying for a LOWER minimum wage because it is in their own self-interest (go read it as I’m not going to comment on it other than this line which I’ve blogged about in other areas where Governments that have sent the […]

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DISQUS Doodlings – whereupon NH State Rep Timothy Horrigan, once again, shows economic illiteracy

by Skip June 30, 2017

Even though he at least shows up here once in a while,  NH State Rep Timothy Horrigan’s comments are often off topic, irrelevant, or plain wrong.  In Steve’s post, McDonald’s Pulls the Trigger: Replacing Cashiers With Kiosks in 2500 Locations, he manages the trifecta of all three.  Like this one: As for the $15 wage, McDonald’s already […]

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The mineshaft that is California and its canary is restaurants. Dead ones.

by Skip June 30, 2017

I have been involuntarily offline for a while – the Grandson has been staying up too late (his daytime nap times are changing affecting my “uninterrupted time” at night), certification exams for work – and my laptop crapped out early this week.  I just got it back thanks to Josh and his crew at Same […]

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Seattle’s “Win” in the Fight for 15 is Costing Jobs, Hours, and lowering Paychecks

by Steve MacDonald June 26, 2017

God, I love being right especially after watching progressive narrative monkey’s puke their Union/Democrat party minimum-wage-talking-points all over my comments section. Being right is the best. And when it comes to Seattle, right comes easy. This week’s Poster Child for Stupid Liberal ideas we told you would not work, is last weeks. Seattle. Seattle’s minimum-wage law is boosting […]

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Data Point – Teen Employment vs Min Wage Increases

by Skip June 20, 2017

That’s just at the Federal Minimum Wage level of $7.25. Wait for the results to come in for all the cities and States that went to $15/hour. Go ahead, you tell me what is going to happen to that typical wet-behind-the-ears high school sophomore with an entry level/part time job when it kicks that high […]

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Minimum wage: thanks to economic illiterate Progressive politicians, others are paying the price

by Skip May 11, 2017

Minimum wage is a bugaboo of mine – I think that government should simply stay out of the wage marketplace, especially that of not allowing for private contract between producers (those providing the labor, skills, and motivation) and consumers (companies willing to pay for that labor).  We are now seeing a real life economic lab […]

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Will Progressives hold themselves accountable for the results of their wage policies?

by Skip April 15, 2017

Pfft – silly question, folks!  Just ask Timothy Horrigan (more on him in another post) – HECK no.  Never do.  Not just in wage policies but ANY policy that comes up.  Like HeadStart – billions have been spent on it and even HHS’s own study of HeadStart showed it was a loser – unless it […]

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Decisions have consequences – especially $15/hour Minimum Wage ones

by Skip February 17, 2017

As Governments continue the socialist redistributionist policies that the SEIU and its mob-advocates have been screaming over, that $15/hr minimum wage is going to have consequences: After looking at those prices it is clear that I’m not going to frequent the fast food places (and those with families, much less).  Why bother – some of […]

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“How the Minimum Wage hurts young people

by Skip December 18, 2016

Raise the minimum wage – who benefits?  Mostly unions – after all, they are amongst the most vocal of advocates.  Why?  Look at the escalation clauses in many of their work contracts. Does it really help those at the bottom rungs of the economic ladder?  Is the minimum wage’s purpose, if you listen to Progressives, […]

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That “Fight for $15”? It isn’t just just for McDonalds and fast food joints anymore

by Skip December 7, 2016

The utterly socialist in nature union called SEIU has been the impetus for this national demand that everyone be paid at least $15/hr as a minimum “fair wage” wage.  Frankly, being socialists (and duping millions of “new members” into redistributing their small amount of wealth to the SEIU), they don’t respect private property and seek […]

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“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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