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  • Job growth picks up in states that raised minimum wage (barf alert)

    07/20/2014 1:51:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 21 replies ^ | july 19, 2014 | AP/Fox News
    But the state-by-state hiring data, released Friday by the Labor Department, provides ammunition to those who disagree. Economists who support a higher minimum say the figures are encouraging, though they acknowledge they don't establish a cause and effect. There are many possible reasons hiring might accelerate in a particular state. "It raises serious questions about the claims that a raise in the minimum wage is a jobs disaster," said John Schmitt, a senior economist at the liberal Center for Economic and Policy Research. The job data "isn't definitive," he added, but is "probably a reasonable first cut at what's going...
  • Hilarious: lefty flips out over billboard explaining consequences of $15 minimum wage

    07/20/2014 9:14:46 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 20, 2014 | Thomas Lifson
    The left-leaning tech blog Pando seems to be angry about a lot of aspects of reality.* Witness David Carr flipping out over this billboard that he spotted in San Francisco, “walking home from Pando’s office a few nights ago.” photo: Paull Carr, Pando
  • Higher Minimum Wage Does Not Cost Jobs

    07/20/2014 12:03:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Voice of Russia ^ | July 8, 2014 | Professor Cyril Ghosh, Wagner College, Staten Island, NY
    SEATTLE (VR) – Does raising the minimum wage kill jobs? Most probably not. Does it increase jobs? We don’t know for sure, but it might. Or at least these are the inferences one is likely to make from a recent report from the Center for Economic and Policy Research. It turns out that 12 out of 13 states that raised their minimum wage on January 1, 2013 are experiencing increases in employment. The report also states that the average change in employment for these 13 states is +.99% while the average change in employment in the remaining states is +.68%....
  • Obama Skitters, Scampers and Scuttles Away From Failure

    07/11/2014 4:25:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | July 11, 2014 | Michael Barone
    Skitter, scamper, scuttle. That seems to be the mode of the Obama administration of late. Skitter away from your red line in Syria. Scamper off to a meeting you'd previously nixed with Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Scuttle as much as the Constitution as you can, at least until you get called on it by 9-0 majorities in the Supreme Court, as the justices did on recess appointments, warrantless cellphone searches and $75,000 a day fines for disturbing supposed wetlands. It's not a very effective way to make public policy, and it tends to put you in an embarrassing public posture....
  • Sowell: A Primer on Race ("Please Stop Helping Us")

    07/07/2014 11:41:11 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Back in the heyday of the British Empire, a man from one of the colonies addressed a London audience. "Please do not do any more good in my country," he said. "We have suffered too much already from all the good that you have done." That is essentially the message of an outstanding new book by Jason Riley about blacks in America. Its title is "Please Stop Helping Us." Its theme is that many policies designed to help blacks are in fact harmful, sometimes devastatingly so. These counterproductive policies range from minimum wage laws to "affirmative action" quotas. This book...
  • Seattle pushing back on the $15 minimum wage

    07/06/2014 7:19:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Hotair ^ | 07/05/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    When Seattle passed their new city council ordinance mandating a staged increase in the minimum wage to $15.00 per hour, many local businesses – as well as observers across the nation – were left shaking their heads. The rules seemed to be unevenly applied, with some businesses having to comply but not others, as well has having a complete disregard for whether or not the job providing entities would be able to remain competitive and survive under the new rules. As Reuters reports, a coalition of business owners are now moving to exercise the power of public support to...
  • Obama’s key executive actions

    07/06/2014 10:38:17 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 6 replies
    The Hill ^ | July 6 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    President Obama’s use of executive power will be a major issue in this fall’s midterm elections. The GOP is rallying its base to give control of the Senate to Republicans as a check on Obama’s powers, and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has announced the House will vote in July on a lawsuit against the president’s use of executive power. Obama, for his part, is embracing the criticism. “So sue me,” he said in a speech last week. The White House believes that by using executive power, Obama can distinguish himself from a Congress he wants to pain as dysfunctional and...
  • Hobby Lobby Raises Minimum Wage to $14: What Happens When Govt Doesn’t Tie Businesses’ Hands

    07/04/2014 8:32:00 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7-3-14 | Alex Kocman
    Hobby Lobby CEO David Green is committed to trying to run his business the way Jesus might have. After a massive victory for religious freedom at the Supreme Court on Monday, Christian-owned arts and crafts giant Hobby Lobby has announced that its minimum wage for full-time hourly workers will be raised to $14.50 per hour. Effective immediately, the announcement also entails that part-time hourly workers receive $9.50 per hour. Given the track record of Green's retail chain, the wage increase is not incredibly dramatic. In 2012, the retailer was already paying full-time employees $13 per hour while part-timers earned $9....
  • Parliament passes minimum wage bill (Germany)

    07/03/2014 8:35:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies ^ | 03 Jul 2014 13:30 GMT+02:00 | (DPA/The Local)
    German lawmakers on Thursday voted to introduce a minimum wage of €8.50 per hour, despite criticism from both unions and employers of the new law. While employers said the law could cost jobs, unions criticized the final version for falling short. […] Labor Minister Andrea Nahles praised the government’s bill before the vote. “Cheap, unprotected—that is over,” Nahles told lawmakers. Her center-left Social Democrats (SPD) had made the minimum wage a condition for joining Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative Christian Democrats (CDU) in a coalition government at the end of last year. …
  • What Would be the Effect of a Substantial Hike in the Minimum Wage?

    06/30/2014 10:12:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 30 replies ^ | June 30, 2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In response to 100% of U.S. Employment Growth Since 2000 Went to Immigrants, reader Mike wonders what effect a rise in minimum wage would have. Mike Writes ... Hi Mish. Thanks for a very interesting post. I hope the mainstream media will pick up on this. Here's a question for you: Do you think a rise in the minimum wage would bring more citizens into the workforce and and reduce the welfare rolls? By the way, I am against laws that restrict the free will of consenting adults, employers and employees alike. But I am curious about the results of...
  • Archaeologists dig in for better rates of pay (Them too ??)

    06/24/2014 9:54:04 AM PDT · by llevrok · 21 replies
    Irish Examiner ^ | 6/24/2014 | Noel Baker
    Archaeologists have formed a trade union grouping amid concerns that some highly qualified people are working for pay rates not much above the minimum wage — or in some cases, for free. Contract archaeologists, who mostly work in the private sector, have joined trade union Unite in an attempt to convince archaeological consultancies to sign up to a standardised pay agreement that would protect wage levels. The move comes after what the chairman of the new branch, Matt Seaver, described as “an apocalypse” in the sector. The union grouping comprises approximately 60 contract archaeologists — around half the total number...
  • Why So Stingy, Seattle? Government Could Do Much More Than Raise The Minimum Wage!

    06/23/2014 7:07:01 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 6 replies
    Forbes ^ | June 23, 2014 | George Leef
    Seattle recently raised the minimum hourly wage that employers in the city must pay to $15. That puts Seattle out in front in America’s Living Wage Derby – hooray! Mayor Ed Murray boasts that the high minimum wage makes his city “the model for the nation.” Not only that, but the big increase, over Washington state’s minimum wage of $9.32 per hour will, he says, enable the city to “regain economic strength.” Great objectives, Mr. Mayor, but I don’t know why you’re being so stingy. You have at best taken a baby step towards fairness for workers and economic vitality....
  • Obamas want daughters to get taste of minimum-wage life, and more must-reads

    06/20/2014 9:15:36 AM PDT · by illiac · 25 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 6/2014 | NewsWatch
    President Barack Obama and wife Michelle want their daughters Malia and Sasha to get a taste of what it’s like to work for minimum wage. The president and first lady both worked minimum-wage jobs before they went to law school and tell Parade magazine they want the same sort of experience for their teenage daughters.
  • (MA)House approves $11 minimum wage bill

    06/18/2014 5:38:24 PM PDT · by matt04 · 18 replies
    Many Massachusetts workers could see a little more money in their paychecks as early as next year. Last week, the Massachusetts Senate agreed to raise the minimum wage to $11.00 per hour and on Wednesday, the House of Representatives agreed. The vote means that Massachusetts will be one step closer to having the highest statewide minimum wage in the country. Under the bill, the minimum wage would be increased over three years, with no tie to inflation. Although the Senate gave their approval last week, not all House members agree it’s a good idea. “This minimum wage was never intended...
  • Businesses launch legal challenge to Seattle's $15 minimum wage

    06/18/2014 4:54:06 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 17 replies
    FOX News ^ | June 18, 2014 | By Dan Springer
    Many Seattle workers are about to see their income go way up, after the City Council unanimously passed a $15 minimum wage earlier this month. But faster than you can get a happy meal at McDonald's, the ordinance is facing a legal challenge. “I guarantee not everyone will survive,” warned David Jones, who owns a Subway franchise in Seattle. “This discriminatory law will affect some franchisees and they will go out of business.” The International Franchise Association, representing those concerns, has sued over the wage hike, specifically objecting to the fact the ordinance treats franchises as big businesses and requires...
  • How Politics Prevailed With Michigan's Minimum Wage Increase

    06/17/2014 9:35:51 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 6 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/16/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Republican control of Michigan’s government didn’t prevent a minimum wage increase and an increase in taxes may be coming to fix Michigan’s roads. That’s left many wondering whether the GOP got outmaneuvered or was painted into a corner to prevent a minimum wage ballot initiative that would have been worse. It was both, combined with plenty of politics, wrote Joseph Lehman, president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, and Michael LaFaive, director of fiscal policy at the Center, in a recent Wall Street Journal column: Careful economic analysis did not lead the Michigan GOP to hike the minimum wage....
  • Wage hike executive order moves forward, but workers want more

    06/12/2014 3:27:54 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 6 replies
    MSNBC News ^ | June 12, 2014 | By Ned Resnikoff
    In Washington D.C., low-wage protesters aren’t settling for half-measures. On Thursday, Labor Secretary Thomas Perez unveiled a proposed rule to lift the wage floor to $10.10 per hour, potentially hiking the pay of up to 200,000 employees of federal contractors. Yet the step forward has not satisfied the workers’ organization Good Jobs Nation, which is now demanding the right to collectively bargain with their employers. “I’m grateful to the President for raising my wage to $10 an hour, but it’s not enough to care for my son,” says Rodelma Acosta, a McDonald’s worker at the Pentagon, in a statement from...
  • Gov't Sets Wage Increase for Many of Its Workers

    06/12/2014 12:56:23 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    ABC News ^ | June 12, 2014 | By TOM RAUM
    Many federal workers and contractors who earn the minimum wage are getting a raise next year. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez has issued a rule to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10. The higher level applies to new federal construction and service contracts beginning Jan. 1. President Barack Obama had announced the raise earlier this year, but Perez moved to put it into effect. "No person who works a fulltime job should have to live in poverty," Perez said Thursday in a conference call with reporters. "All workers, not just those who work on federal contracts,...
  • Bad sign: Cantor’s vanquisher surprised MSNBC host isn’t just celebrating his victory

    And while tea party groups and talk radio hosts are celebrating the downfall of a Republican member of Congress who came to symbolize the “establishment,” there are indications that this enthusiasm is misplaced. In the wake of his victory, Brat joined MSNBC host Chuck Todd on Wednesday where he received a gentle grilling and was asked for his position on a variety of policy matters. Brat seemed entirely unprepared to have to speak on issues of substance. In fact, he suggested – perhaps (hopefully) jokingly – that he thought Todd invited him on the program merely to celebrate his victory....
  • Lawsuit challenges Seattle’s $15 minimum wage

    06/12/2014 1:15:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 11, 8:20 PM EDT | Gene Johnson
    A federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenges Seattle’s adoption of what would be the nation’s highest minimum wage as unfair to small franchises. […] In a lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Seattle, the International Franchise Association, a Washington, D.C.-based business group, said the ordinance “unfairly and irrationally discriminates against interstate commerce generally, and small businesses that operate under the franchise business model specifically.” …
  • Carl's Jr CEO Explains Why Nobody Is Hiring Young People

    06/10/2014 8:41:34 AM PDT · by george76 · 45 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/10/2014 | Tyler Durden
    In February the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) recorded the lowest percentage of 16- to 19-year-olds working or actively looking for work (32.9%) since the bureau started tracking the data in 1948... Over the past two years, the BLS has recorded some of the worst labor participation rates for 20- to 24-year-olds since 1973... Looking at the seasonally unadjusted data—which is what the BLS makes publicly available—for 25- to 29-year-olds, the April 2014 labor-participation rate was the lowest the BLS has recorded since it started tracking the data in 1982 ... Nonetheless, various states and municipalities have increased their minimum...
  • Republican Push For Higher Minimum Wage Likely Has Anti-Taxpayer Strings Attached

    06/10/2014 5:18:10 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/8/2014 | Jack Spencer
    Top Republican officials supported a higher minimum wage and tied it to inflation to get Democrats to support a measure to double the gas tax and secure Gov. Rick Snyder the extra money he wants for road funding, according to a widely accepted story out of Lansing. The same story was being repeated in conversations at the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce's annual Mackinac Policy Conference last week. Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, introduced Senate Bill 934 because Michigan's various business groups had decided they couldn't risk the possibility that the minimum wage increase proposal would pass in November....
  • Secret Ancient Liberal Playbook Revealed

    06/09/2014 11:58:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 10 replies ^ | June 9, 2014 | Mark Baisley
    About 50 years ago, archeologists discovered a scroll with hieroglyphics that appear to be a young girl, kneeling down while holding an oval object above her head. Next to the girl is what seems to be a young boy who is falling violently to the ground beside her. Seeming to appreciate the significance, this mysterious message was whisked away by aides to then-President Lyndon Johnson. Just last week, the riddle reappeared in an unauthorized leak to an investigative reporter by an unidentified employee of the Democratic National Party. It seems that many years ago the papyrus image was interpreted by...
  • So, About That Minimum Wage Hike...How's That Working Out, Seattle?

    06/05/2014 9:49:24 AM PDT · by blueyon · 14 replies
    Chicks on the Right ^ | 6/05/14 | Daisy
    According to this, that whole minimum wage hike that liberals have been losing their minds over and screaming for - and they finally got it out in Seattle - well, we're seeing how that's working out for them. The Seattle suburb of SeaTac got what they wished for - the minimum wage was raised to $15 - and months later, they're seeing the ramifications. Here's what's happened so far:
  • The Seattle City Council's War on Jobs

    06/04/2014 10:26:44 AM PDT · by jfd1776 · 13 replies
    Illinois Review ^ | June 4, 2014 A.D. | John F. Di Leo
    In their reporting of Seattle’s unanimous vote Monday to raise the minimum wage within Seattle to $15 per hour, USA Today began their article with an interview of a $9.47/hour, economically-uneducated McDonald’s employee: “Martina Phelps says the Seattle City Council's vote today on a historic plan to raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour could change her life.” Well, yes, it could, Martina, but probably not in the way you were hoping. The city council of Seattle, composed of the kind of politicians who learned everything they know about economics from studying celebrity gossip and attending union meetings, believes...
  • Poll: Should San Diego match Seattle's $15 per hour minimum wage?

    06/03/2014 9:51:28 PM PDT · by South40 · 29 replies
    Should San Diego match Seattle's $15 per hour minimum wage? Poll here
  • The Results of a Seattle Suburb’s Minimum Wage Hike Deserve a Big Fat ‘We Told You So’

    06/03/2014 6:17:01 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 38 replies
    IJReview ^ | 6/3/2014 | Michael Hausam
    At the start of the year, the Seattle suburb of SeaTac raised the area’s minimum wage to $15, and the consequences are now starting to be felt. And it’s not just the unions who championed the effort, or those who still have jobs, that are feeling them. Over the last few months, a few things have happened: Managers have taken more responsibilities on themselves, instead of hiring more workers. Businesses have laid off workers, or eliminated their plans to hire more. Area parking now comes with an added “living-wage surcharge.” Hotels have cut employee benefits, free food, and overtime. Shocking:...
  • SeaTac workers “not happy” with $15 min. wage

    06/03/2014 5:15:34 AM PDT · by lowbridge · 56 replies ^ | may 28, 2014
    Last January, SeaTac implemented a $15 per hour minimum wage for hospitality and transportation workers. The consequences to the drastic hike in wages are just beginning to be realized—and it’s not pretty. A writer for NW Asian Weekly recently blogged about her experience attending an event at a SeaTac hotel. She asked employees if they were “happy with the $15 wage.” The ensuingconversations, “It sounds good, but it’s not good,” the woman said. “Why?” I asked. “I lost my 401k, health insurance, paid holiday, and vacation,” she responded. “No more free food,” she added. “The hotel used to feed her. Now, she...
  • They went there: Seattle just enacted a $15/hour minimum wage

    06/03/2014 2:43:58 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Hot Air / The Associated Press ^ | June 2, 2014 | Erika Johnsen
    Last week, Michigan became the latest of a handful of states to officially raise its minimum wage this year, with a gradual four-year phase-in that will take its floor from $7.40 up to $9.25 an hour — but over in the city of Seattle, things just got real. Say hello to what will soon become the highest minimum wage in the nation, via the AP: The issue has dominated politics in the liberal municipality for months. Mayor Ed Murray, who was elected last year, had promised in his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour. A newly...
  • Surprise! $15 an hour minimum wage backfires

    06/02/2014 7:12:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 06/02/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    It turns out that leftists can’t repeal the law of supply and demand. In the Seattle suburb of Seatac, adjacent to the airport and full of parking lots, hotels, and restaurants with many low wage employees, the minimum wage was hiked to $15 an hour, and the results of this social experiment are coming in. United Liberty reports: A February report from the Seattle Times revealed: At the Clarion Hotel off International Boulevard, a sit-down restaurant has been shuttered, though it might soon be replaced by a less-labor-intensive cafe… Other businesses have adjusted in ways that run the gamut from putting more work in...
  • Backlash over $15 wage plan (& Seattle's socialist Kshama Sawant)

    06/01/2014 3:28:33 AM PDT · by Libloather · 39 replies
    My Northwest ^ | 5/30/14 | Neal McNamara
    **SNIP** "If stimulating the economy were just as easy as taking from Jim and giving to Joe, don't you think communism would've worked out? Thanks progressive lefties, I'm sure this is making businesses feel secure about moving into Seattle. "Silliness," Shapiro concluded. Boze wondered why Seattle didn't just force the $15 wage immediately, if 70 percent of voters like it. In fact, Thursday's committee compromise is a disaster for the $15 Now group, which is pushing a ballot initiative for November that would enact the $15 wage on Jan. 1, 2015. "They're not interested in income equality," Boze said. "They're...
  • I work in fast food and I’m not a teenager (MSM doubling down on socialism)

    05/30/2014 3:23:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 44 replies
    CNN Money ^ | May 30, 2014: 8:13 AM ET | Patrick M. Sheridan
    … In 1979, teenagers held 26% of all low-wage jobs, while adults aged 25-64 made up less than half of such workers, according to the Center for Economic and Policy Research, which analyzed the low wage workforce over a 30-year span. Today, only 12% of low paying jobs are held by teenagers, while adults make up 60% of them. Also, only 20% of such workers had attended some college in 1979. Today, it’s 33%. […] A key argument behind the latest wave of strikes to raise wages to $15 an hour is that fast food workers these days are no...
  • Fast food CEO: Minimum wage hikes closing locations

    05/30/2014 11:53:50 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 101 replies
    Yahoo Finance ^ | 5/30/14 | cnbc
    CKE Restaurants' roots began in California roughly seven decades ago, but you won't see the parent company of Carl's Jr. and Hardee's expanding there much anymore. Related Stories What's causing what company CEO Andy Puzder describes as "very little growth" in the state? In part it's because "the minimum wage is so high so it's harder to come up with profitable business models," Puzder said in an interview. The state's minimum wage is set to rise to $9 in July, making it among the nation's highest, and $10 by January 2016. In cities in other states where the minimum wage...
  • What is the worth of a job?

    05/29/2014 8:29:34 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 13 replies
    QandO ^ | May 28, 2014 | Bruce McQuain
    Well that’s determined by all sorts of variables – how much the person seeking the job is willing to take, how much the person wanting the job done is willing to pay, the scarcity or abundance of labor, etc.. And so in a free market, when a job is open it is up to the person seeking to have the work done and the person seeking a job to decide what it is worth to each of them. If they can reach agreement, then the job is offered to the person seeking the job. If agreement can’t be reached, then...
  • The boost that comes from raising the minimum wage (Washington Post Column)

    05/22/2014 6:46:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/22/2014 | By Harold Meyerson
    The standard argument — really, the only argument — against raising the minimum wage is that it will lead to job loss. The argument is beloved by die-hard opponents of raising the wage because it provides them with a veneer, however flimsy, of concern about the welfare of the working poor. Economic studies have repeatedly shown that argument to be spurious. Now the latest survey of 350,000 small businesses from Paychex, a payroll provider company, and IHS, a business analysis firm, provides strong indications that the exact opposite may be true. In April, the Paychex/IHS survey, which looks at employment...
  • Minimum Wage Push by Democrats Gains Support…of Robots and Overseas Call Centers

    05/21/2014 12:32:05 PM PDT · by dignitasnews · 5 replies
    Dignitas News Service ^ | May 21, 2014 | Paul M Winters
    You may not realize it, but the next time you run through your local fast food drive-thru, that sweet and helpful voice on the other end may not be coming from the register, but half-way around the world, and if left-wing activists have their way, it may become an industry standard. Democrats frustrated by the lack of enthusiasm for their election-year push to increase the federal minimum wage need only look to outsource destinations such as India, the Philippines and elsewhere to find vocal support, as well as the reasons for apprehension among American voters for their signature policy initiative....
  • Repeal the Minimum Wage: We know the economic case. The humanitarian case is even stronger.

    05/21/2014 6:47:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/21/2014 | Amity Shlaes
    The economic case against the minimum wage exists, and has been made by me and others often enough. But there’s another, even stronger case against the rule. That is the humanitarian case. And until that case, too, receives consideration, the debate will always be a lopsided one. Consider the current employment culture. Sit down with an employment officer at the company where you hope to work, and something feels strange. After a while, you realize what it is: The party on the other side of the desk is not a company executive, it is Jacqueline Berrien, the head of the...
  • Learning the laws of economics the hard way [Minimum Wage]

    05/19/2014 1:12:40 PM PDT · by QT3.14 · 11 replies
    QandO ^ | Bruce McQuain
    Tis the season of minimum wage hike demands and fast food protests again. Frankly I don’t have a problem with wage hikes … if they’re voluntary. I do have a problem with coerced wage hikes, however. And that’s precisely what any rise in the federal minimum wage amounts too. It is feel good legislation that uses the force of government to coerce businesses into paying employees more for jobs the businesses don’t deem worth the cost imposed. It is feel good legislation that religiously and studiously avoids the laws of economics.
  • Switzerland Rejects World's Highest Minimum Wage

    05/18/2014 4:46:44 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 14 replies
    KIRO TV ^ | Sunday, May 18, 2014 | Elizabeth Hagedorn
    It would have been the highest minimum wage in the world, but Swiss voters have rejected a proposal to pay workers the equivalent of $25 an hour. Early polling results showed about 77 percent of Swiss voters rejected the wage hike. Switzerland currently has no minimum wage, and this measure would have affected about 10 percent of the population. (Via Euronews) When adjusted for spending power, the Swiss minimum wage proposal would have amounted to about $14 an hour — that's more than the minimum hourly wages in other Western nations with high pay floors — according to data from...
  • I’m making $21 an hour at McDonald’s. Why aren’t you?

    05/16/2014 7:11:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 147 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/16/2014 | Louise Marie Rantzau
    I work for McDonald’s and I make $21 an hour. No, that isn’t a typo. It’s really my salary. You see, I work for McDonald’s in Denmark, where an agreement between our union and the company guarantees that workers older than 18 are paid at least $21 an hour. Employees younger than 18 make at least $15 — meaning teenagers working at McDonald’s in Denmark make more than two times what many adults in America earn working at the Golden Arches. To anyone who says that fast-food jobs can’t be good jobs, I would answer that mine isn’t bad. In...
  • Rick Santorum: Establishment GOP don't have a clue on how to fix key problem

    05/15/2014 5:13:48 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 33 replies
    CNN ^ | May 15, 2014 | Jake Tapper, Sherisse Pham
    Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum says the GOP has a problem, and they know it. "Areas where we should be winning, like in Ohio, and in Michigan, places where the economy is not strong, where the Obama administration policies have hurt there ... they're not voting for us," says Santorum, author of the new book "Blue Collar Conservatives: Recommitting to an America That Works." Establishment Republicans "realize we have a problem there. I don't think they have any clue how to fix it," says Santorum. "The tea party realizes, that's who they are, these are conservatives who don't think...
  • Small Business Owner: An Increased Minimum Wage Hurts Everyone

    05/15/2014 12:07:36 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 11 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/10/2014 | Kevin Kelly
    The ballot proposal that would raise Michigan's minimum wage to $10.10 per hour has raised a number of concerns for small business owners in Michigan. This would increase the wage by 36 percent for non-tipped employees and 280 percent for tipped employees. The magnitude of this increase will have a dramatic impact on the restaurant industry. I would venture to say few industries, if any, in Michigan are capable of absorbing this percentage increase in costs when labor already represents 30 to 35 percent of every dollar spent by the consumer. Research indicates that today 1 in 4 restaurants fail...
  • The fight for a global minimum wage

    05/15/2014 9:35:12 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 19 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 15, 2014 | By Christine Owens
    On Thursday, fast-food workers in more than 30 countries across six continents will take coordinated action on an unprecedented scale. In the United States, they will walk off their jobs in 150 cities — the largest strike ever. Workers around the world will join these protests in 80 cities. The protestors are set to take over a McDonald’s during lunchtime rush hour in Belgium; hold flash-mobs at McDonald’s restaurants across the Philippines, and conduct a teach-in at McDonald’s headquarters in New Zealand. The spread of the fast-food movement to the global stage is notable for the speed at which it...
  • Fast-Food Workers Walk Off Jobs Worldwide: Walk-outs planned for Thursday in 150 U.S. cities

    05/15/2014 6:37:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 89 replies
    AOL Jobs ^ | 05/15/2014 | Carol Kopp
    It started with a brief walkout at a few restaurants in New York City back in November 2012, but on Thursday the campaign against low pay at America's fast food restaurants morphed into a global push. By 9 a.m., the organizing group reported that two McDonalds outlets in New York City and one in Boston were shut down. Hours ago, young workers in the Philippines staged a singing and dancing flash mob inside a downtown Manila McDonalds during the morning rush hour. Their choice of music was the song "Let It Go" from Frozen. When the news from abroad...
  • Fast food worker strikes planned in 150 cities

    05/13/2014 3:22:07 PM PDT · by kingattax · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | May 7, 2014 | By Patrick M. Sheridan
    The fast-food worker strikes are expanding to more U.S. cities and going global. Workers in up to 150 cities across the country are planning to strike on May 15, according to labor organizers. The movement is also headed overseas, with plans for workers to join protests in 33 countries. On Wednesday, the workers announced the protests outside a McDonald's in New York City, and delivered a letter that called on the fast food giant to raise wages and respect workers' rights worldwide. However, security guards didn't allow the workers to bring the letter inside the restaurant. So, they posted the...
  • Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum Call for Higher Minimum Wage

    05/11/2014 12:03:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 176 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/11/2014 | Mike Shedlock
    In the past few days, three candidates who ran for the last Republican presidential nomination, including nominee Mitt Romney, have endorsed a higher minimum wage. Yahoo!Finance asks Mitt Romney Calls for Higher Minimum Wage. Does it Matter? Mitt Romney, the GOP presidential nominee in 2012, called on Republicans Friday to raise the minimum wage, going against the congressional leadership of his own party. Related Stories "I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us," Mr. Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”...
  • Minimum wage order sends veterans packing from nursing homes

    05/09/2014 6:29:16 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 41 replies
    Some military veterans are being forced to leave their nursing home.  It’s an unintended consequence of President Obama’s executive order in February to raise the minimum wage for new federal contract workers from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. Sandy Franks, public affairs officer at Shreveport’s Overton Brooks V. A. Medical Center, explains that nursing homes that have contracts for subsidized care from the Veterans Administration become federal contractors.  If they refuse to raise their wages, their contracts will not be renewed. Former Marine A.J. Crain just wheeled himself into his new room at Shreveport Manor on Mansfield Road when he...
  • Mitt Romney: Let’s raise the minimum wage

    05/09/2014 1:35:13 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Alternate headline: Romney not running for President in 2016. Mike Barnicle braced Mitt Romney on the GOP’s demographic issues and its “conservative bent” on popular initiatives like immigration reform and a minimum-wage hike. Romney talks about the big tent of Republicanism, but notes that he supports a minimum-wage hike:CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO “I think we ought to raise it, because frankly, our party is all about more jobs and better pay, and I think communicating that is important to us,” Romney said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”In recent days, two of Romney’s former opponents, Rick Santorum and Tim Pawlenty,...
  • Poll: Voters Say Small Business Will Suffer Most With Minimum Wage Increase

    05/09/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 5 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/7/2014 | Jack Spencer
    By an overwhelming 75 to 11 percent margin, Michigan voters believe smaller, locally owned and family owned businesses will struggle more under a proposed minimum wage increase than would larger businesses. The findings are from a poll of 1,460 respondents conducted April 9 by Mitchell Research & Communications. Fourteen percent of those surveyed said they were undecided as to whether small businesses would suffer more than big businesses. Of those surveyed, 93 percent said they were "definitely" voting this November. "I think the reactions measured by the poll are pretty intuitive and the results aren't surprising," said Steve Mitchell, of...
  • Beware of American Socialist Pushing Economic Solutions

    05/09/2014 10:11:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies ^ | May 9, 2014 | Charles Payne
    Minimum Wage The minimum wage debate has gone from irresponsible to obscene. Now, there is chatter out of California that they will hike their minimum wage to as much as $26 an hour. Rep. Barbara Lee says such a hike would not hurt small businesses, because she owned a 300-person company prior to coming to Congress. (I need to digress at this point. Carl Dickerson started the aforementioned company in 1965, long before the two were married, and she became an “owner”). More importantly, Rep. Lee has a dubious background of militant activism. She was a staff member for socialist...