Minimum Wage

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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Perhaps the answer is fewer Democrats?

by Steve MacDonald April 17, 2015
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John Stossel Hobby Lobby’s owners were represented in court by a group called the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Becket’s director, Kristina Arriaga, says Hobby Lobby isn’t stingy or cruel: “The Green family pays twice the minimum wage, closes on Sundays, gives very generous benefits to their employees, and they did not object to 16 […]

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Dinner for “few”

by Steve MacDonald April 16, 2015
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Do they know that they are nothing more than wage-chattel parading to advance a progressive policy that will make more than a few of them wage-slaves to the welfare state? (NY Post) Fast-food and other low-wage workers picketed outside burger joints in New York and across the country Wednesday, demanding pay hikes to at least […]

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Seattle and its $15 minimum wage – the aftermath is arriving

by Skip April 7, 2015

We’ve been blogging about the extremely Liberal city of Seattle and its misguided attempt to suspend the economic laws of Supply and Demand in order to feel good about themselves “Hey!  We’re HELPING!” the poorer amongst us.  They’ll have more money, they’ll have better lives, they’ll be happier”!  ON the conservative side, we all went “this […]

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GrokTALK! – Wages, Death, Energy, & Fungus

by Steve MacDonald March 16, 2015
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We talk about how Seattle small business owners “feel” about that $15/hr minimum wage the progressives had to have, where not to go in New Hampshire if you want the base to vote for you, then its on to death taxes followed by a few minutes on electricity and energy.  Listen to the entire broadcast […]

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They Took My Joooooob….In San Frannnn-cisco.

by Steve MacDonald February 4, 2015
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San Francisco recently voted to raise the minimum wage to $12.25 an hour with incremental increases to $15/hour by 2018.  At least one small business owner is shuttering a business as a result. (Yahoo! Finance) “Borderlands Books as it exists is not a financially viable business if subject to that minimum wage.” … The blog […]

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Minimum Wage “Did You Know…?” (Washington DC Edition)

by Steve MacDonald January 20, 2015
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Among the fifty states and the District of Columbia Washington DC had the highest mandatory minimum wage in 2014 at $9.50 per hour.  It also had the highest percentage of people on Poverty in the US; 20.7%. Over one in five residents live at or below the poverty level in DC. Democrats need to stop […]

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NH Mean Hourly Wages: Proof That Less Government Interference Equals More Income?

by Steve MacDonald January 18, 2015
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This graphic below comes from a NH Employment Security and NH Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau Report.  It’s a map.  Don’t you love maps?  This one depicts the most current hourly wage data available for New Hampshire – a state with the lowest poverty rate in the nation and that only enforces the federal […]

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Minimum Wage Workers Not in Poverty According to Feds

by Steve MacDonald January 16, 2015
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What of them that there are… (Human Events) At the federal level alone, full-time minimum wage workers with any number of children are eligible for both the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)—$496 in 2014—and the Child Tax Credit (CTC), which combined with the federal minimum wage of $7.25 equals or exceeds the poverty level for all […]

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Democrat War on Work – Minimum Wage Hike Helps Democrat Campaigns

by Steve MacDonald January 13, 2015
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Democrats want you to believe that their mindless pursuit of a minimum wage hike has something to do with helping low wage workers. Democrat Jackie Cilley is this year’s Democrat Golden Calf, proposing an hourly minimum wage hike in New Hampshire above fourteen-dollars-per hour.  But think it through. Who is most likely to be hit […]

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Observation on minimum wages and big box stores

by Skip January 5, 2015

Note also that people who are against large retailers because mom and pop shops can’t compete with them on price are all for a minimum wage that ensures mom and pop businesses will never be able to compete on price. Can’t have it both ways simultaneously….but for some of these folks, math is very hard…. […]

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Does Chairman Ray Buckley Even Know He Is A Racist?

by Steve MacDonald January 4, 2015
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New Hampshire Democrat chair Raymond Buckley supports raises for public union employees regardless of the state of the economy.  He has never once complained nor concerned himself (to my knowledge) about Congressional raises under Democrat majorities.  But now he is appalled at the idea that Republicans in the US Senate opposed a minimum wage increase […]

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Minimum Wage? (Fixed Video)

by Steve MacDonald November 20, 2014
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The Gruberette’s in the Democrat party are constantly pushing a minimum wage increase which ill serves those they claim to care about (That’s the Grubering part), while advantaging unions from whom they reap so much politically.  So they lie outright and by exclusion. Government wage fixing harms low income workers while often driving up union […]

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