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  • Minimum Wage Hike Puts Politics Over People

    04/22/2014 6:12:56 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/17/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    It's an election year, meaning some politicians will be more interested in good politics rather than good policy. Reeling from woes created by the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), many legislators are turning to an issue that polling data shows to be popular: Increasing the minimum wage. This issue might be good politics, but it has negative consequences that harm real people. Minimum wage laws make it illegal to be employed for less than a set amount mandated by government. The main arguments in favor of raising this wage floor rest primarily on two premises.The first is that politicians can do...
  • Why Are The Poor, Poor?

    04/19/2014 4:08:38 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 68 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Have you ever wondered why poor people are poor? It's not as though there aren't plenty of role models around. Millions of people live highly successful, productive lives in this country. So why don't people at the bottom of the income ladder copy the behavior of those several rungs above them and better their lot in life? As I wrote previously, the federal government's own pilot programs established conclusively from the very early days of the War on Poverty that the welfare state encourages people not to be married, not to work and not to invest in human capital. This...
  • (Seattle's socialist Kshama) Sawant says mayor’s minimum wage panel is ‘deadlocked’

    04/18/2014 3:33:11 PM PDT · by Libloather · 16 replies
    Seattle PI ^ | 4/18/14 | Joel Connelly
    Mayor Ed Murray’s minimum wage advisory committee is “deadlocked,” Seattle City Council member Kshama Sawant said Friday, with the socialist officeholder pledging she will now work to “build a strong coalition in the streets.” Sawant and two other left-leaning City Council members sit on the panel, which is co-chaired by business leader Howard S. Wright III, CEO of Seattle Hospitality Group, and Service Employees Union leader David Rolf, the city’s most able labor leader. The statement by Sawant comes amids increasing indications that Seattle voters will have the final say on on the minimum wage issue. And, like Washington voters...
  • Minimum Wage Increase Kills Another Business...(vanity)

    04/18/2014 12:41:51 PM PDT · by rottndog · 71 replies
    none ^ | 4/18/14 | Me
    This is a letter to the employees of a local restaurant. It's survived for decades, but is finally closing due to the latest increase in California's minimum wage. I guess it's better for the employees to have a higher wage, but no job with which to earn it.
  • Obama Drops a Minimum Wage 'Stink Burger' On Michigan

    04/15/2014 1:26:35 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 7 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/13/2014 | Vinnie Vernuccio
    Using catchy sound bites like "give America a raise," President Obama ignores volumes of research showing that his demand to increase the minimum wage will be a jobs killer. Nevertheless, the president came to Michigan last week and campaigned for raising the cost of providing the jobs that millions of young people need to gain entry into the workforce, or that provide supplemental income for many families. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that under the president's plan, 500,000 of these jobs would probably disappear, and possibly as many as 1 million. Vernuccio Last month, more than 500 economists signed...
  • Reuben Sandwich With A Side Of 500K Lost Jobs

    04/15/2014 9:18:41 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 13 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 4/11/2014 | Tom Gantert
    Last week, President Barack Obama visited Zingerman’s Deli in Ann Arbor in a self-professed politically motivated press stop. The president is pushing to raise the national minimum wage. Zingerman's co-owner, Paul Saginaw, went to Washington, D.C., in January to lobby for an increased minimum wage. So what was reported about the president's visit to Ann Arbor? Paragraphs of detail on the $14 Reuben sandwich the president ate. What wasn’t reported? That the reason for the visit — to promote increasing the minimum wage — will reportedly result in the loss of around 500,000 jobs, according to a report from the...
  • Minnesota joins states raising minimum wage

    04/15/2014 12:34:01 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 14, 2014 6:33 PM EDT | Brian Bakst
    Tens of thousands of Minnesota workers have big raises coming their way, courtesy of a new minimum wage law that Gov. Mark Dayton signed Monday, which will take the state from one of the nation’s lowest rates to among the highest. At a ceremony in the Capitol’s Rotunda, Dayton hailed the hourly jump of more than $3 spread over the next few years as providing “what’s fair” for hard work put in. He said he has been stunned by GOP resistance—it passed the Legislature with only Democratic votes—to increasing the guaranteed wage from $6.15 per hour now to $9.50 by...
  • Legislative wrap: Minimum wage, education funds successes in election-year General Assembly

    04/08/2014 10:38:15 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 4/8/14 | Maria Wiering
    The Maryland Catholic Conference counts the boost in minimum wage and full funding of two programs benefiting nonpublic schools among its successes as the General Assembly adjourned April 7. Legislators passed a bill April 7 raising the state’s minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $10.10 incrementally by 2018. The final bill does not require, as earlier drafts did, that the wage be indexed to inflation. It also extended by one year the original proposal’s timeline for the full wage increase to take effect. The MCC, which advocates for public policy on behalf of the state’s Catholic bishops, supported a general...
  • San Francisco Chamber of Commerce ‘outraged’ over minimum wage measure

    04/08/2014 7:55:23 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 39 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | April 7, 2014 | By Julie Balise
    The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce is “outraged” over a ballot measure to raise San Francisco’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, saying in a statement on Monday that it “flies in the face of collaboration and partnership.” The measure would lift base pay about 40 percent from its current $10.74, making San Francisco’s minimum wage the highest in the country. Activists were expected to file papers on Monday for the November ballot. The measure, designed by SEIU Local 1021, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment, and other activist groups, would give companies with fewer than 100 employees until...
  • Joe Biden: Raising Minimum Wage Will Empower And Feed Millions Of Americans

    04/03/2014 8:13:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Black Star News ^ | March 29, 2014 | Vice President Joe Biden
    Ladies and gentlemen, I’m Joe Biden. I’m filling in for President Obama, who is abroad. I want to talk to you today about the minimum wage and the overwhelming need to raise the minimum wage. There’s no reason in the world why an American working 40 hours a week has to live in poverty. But right now a worker earning the federal minimum wage makes about $14,500 a year. And you all know that's incredibly hard for an individual to live on, let alone raise a family on. But if we raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, that...
  • Pa Dems: Raise minimum wage to $12 an hour

    04/03/2014 12:02:17 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 44 replies
    Fox 43 Central PA ^ | April 1, 2014 | Paul Smith
    <p>In legislative session today, state Sens. Daylin Leach (D-Montgomery/Delaware), and Mike Stack (D-Philadelphia) introduced legislation, S.B. 1317, a bill that would end the allowance of a sub-minimum wage for employees who receive tips and raise the overall minimum wage to $12 an hour.</p>
  • Obama Talks Minimum Wage Over $13.99 Reuben Sandwich

    Our post-partisan President reached a new low yesterday. Speaking at Zingerman’s in Ann Arbor, Michigan he declared Paul Ryan’s budget a “stinkburger” or “meanwich.” Obama is apparently promoting an increase in the minimum wage. He went to Zingerman’s because they allegedly offer a “fair” wage. The left doesn’t seem to understand that a “fair” wage is whatever an employee agrees to work for. In other words, it isn’t determined by government bureaucrats or academics. That’s beside the point of course, we know Obama believes everything in our lives must be decided in Washington. The problem of course is that Zingerman’s...
  • Study: States with higher minimum wages had higher unemployment

    04/01/2014 3:02:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 04/01/2014 | Breanna Deutsch
    >A new study by the free-market American Action Forum found that states with minimum wages higher than the federal minimum suffer from higher unemployment. Researchers looked at labor data from both the nineteen states that as of 2013 had enforced minimum wages above $7.25 per hour and the thirty-one states that had minimum wages equal to $7.25.Overall, they found that just a $1 increase in the minimum wage was “associated with a 1.48 percentage point increase in the unemployment rate,” and a “0.18 percentage point decrease in the net job growth rate.”A higher minimum wage thus led to the unemployment...
  • Obamanomics in Action: 260,000 College Graduates in Minimum Wage Jobs

    04/01/2014 9:09:42 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Gateway ^ | March 31, 2014 | Jim Hoft
    The number of minimum wage workers with college degrees is still more than double what it was during the Bush years. ... If you thought paying tens of thousands of dollars for a college education guaranteed a high-paying job, think again. Obamanomics in action… 260,000 college graduates are stuck in minimum wage jobs.
  • Seven Hard Truths Liberals Just Don’t Want To Hear

    03/31/2014 5:31:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 31, 2014 | Kurt Schlichter
    It’s difficult to understand liberals when you don’t live in their sheltered cocoon of participation trophies, faux caring and feel-good lies. Those of us who labor in the real world – who built this country, who make it work and who defend it – deal with reality. Most liberals don’t. And that can be baffling, because when they speak they sound like visitors from the planet Nimrod. Now, some liberals do understand the real world. They are the cynical liberal icons, the ones who know their entire ideology is a scam designed to wring power and wealth from the gullible....
  • Hundreds of Jobs Lost as Store Chain Closes Due to ObamaCare and Minimum Wage Hike

    03/30/2014 12:13:09 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/30/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    By the time ObamaCare and the minimum wage get done wiping out jobs, everyone will need that basic guaranteed income that libs love talking about. Citing Obamacare and an increase in the stateÂ’s minimum wage, the owner of Waterford-based Yankee One Dollar is closing down shop on all 23 remaining locations.Its owner Keith Flike blamed the Affordable Care Act and the increase in the stateÂ’s minimum wage for the decision to shut down. Each store has six to 10 employees, he told the Post Star. Those are just more employees who have been liberated from job lock to explore their...
  • Smokin’ Joe Biden Pierces Republican Hearts Saying Fair Wages Are Good for Business

    03/29/2014 11:59:31 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    PoliticusUSA ^ | March 29, 2014 | Sarah Jones
    Vice President Joe Biden said Congress should raise the minimum wage because it’s good for people, business, women, and the economy. He thinks you ought to call your do-nothing representative and ask why they’re not passing a raise for the people. Smokin’ Joe also burned a certain Speaker by saying that Congress ought to do it because it’s what the people want. But I’m sure Joe knows that Speaker Boehner (R-OH) can’t be bothered with what the people want. After all, he’s got an itty bitty circus tent full of extremists’ egos to stroke in an election year, since they’re...
  • Live on every newscast, Malloy signs $10.10 minimum wage bill

    03/28/2014 7:16:46 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 60 replies
    The CTMirror ^ | March 28, 2014 | Mark Pazniokas
    New Britain -- Precisely timed to attract live coverage Thursday at the top of three local 6 o'clock newscasts, a jubilant Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed into law a bill that makes Connecticut the first state to embrace President Obama's goal of a $10.10 minimum wage.
  • Minimum Wage Boost Wins Senate And House Approval(CT raises min. wage to $10.10)

    03/27/2014 7:43:49 AM PDT · by matt04 · 37 replies
    The state's minimum wage will increase to $10.10 per hour by 2017 under a controversial bill approved Wednesday by both the state Senate and the House of Representatives on largely party line votes. The Senate passed the measure by 21 to 14, with all Republicans and one Democrat — Sen. Joan Hartley of Waterbury — voting no. One senator was absent. The House vote was 87 to 54, and all 87 supporters were Democrats. Four House Democrats, including Representatives John Hampton of Simsbury and Joe Diminico of Manchester, joined with Republicans against the measure. The bill would boost the wage...
  • Economics 101: Minimum Wage Kills Jobs

    03/27/2014 5:56:03 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 1 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/26/2014 | Michael LaFaive
    The minimum wage has been in the news a lot lately due to proposals at the state and federal levels to increase it and because of a February Congressional Budget Office report on the subject. Among all the policy subjects up for debate, there is perhaps no easier conclusion to draw than that minimum wage mandates are jobs killers. Both economic theory and empirical evidence — despite some recent claims to the contrary — make it clear that mandating an artificially high minimum wage leads to job losses. First, consider the theory behind the economics. Basic price theory informs us...
  • Obama Praises Connecticut Minimum Wage Vote

    03/27/2014 5:20:20 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 19 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | March 27, 2014 | Daniela Altimari
    In another measure of just how important raising the minimum wage is to President Obama and the Democratic party, the White House issued a statement on the Connecticut legislature’s vote to increase the state rate to $10.10 per hour.
  • OPINION: 17 Million Reasons to Raise the Minimum Wage

    03/25/2014 3:15:31 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 69 replies
    ABC News ^ | March 25, 2014 | By Sen. Elizabeth Warren
    I have 17 million reasons for wanting to increase the minimum wage. Yes, 17 million—the number of children whose lives would be a little more secure if their moms and dads earned at least $10.10 an hour. When I was in junior high, my daddy had a heart attack. He was home for a while, the medical bills piled up, and we lost our family station wagon. So my mother did what she had to do: She went to work answering the phones at Sears. The job paid only minimum wage, but it was enough to make sure we could...
  • More People On Food Stamps After Past Minimum Wage Increases

    03/25/2014 6:55:07 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 2 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/23/2014 | Tom Gantert
    While proponents of mandating a higher minimum wage claim it would help Michigan residents get off food stamps, the evidence from past increases shows this not to be true. In 2007, the minimum wage in Michigan increased from $5.15 an hour to $6.95 an hour. That year, the number of people on food stamps increased from 1.1 million to 1.2 million. In 2008, the minimum wage increased again from $6.95 an hour to $7.15. Again, the number of food stamp recipients went up from 1.2 million to 1.26 million. Yet, the left-leaning Center for American Progress recently released a report...
  • Sowell: Republicans and Blacks

    03/24/2014 1:17:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2014 | Thomas Sowell
    Recently former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice added her voice to those who have long been urging the Republican Party to reach out to black voters. Not only is that long overdue, what is also long overdue is putting some time — and, above all, some serious thought — into how to go about doing it. Too many Republicans seem to think that the way to "reach out" is to offer blacks and other minorities what the Democrats are offering them. Some have even suggested that the channels to use are organizations like the NAACP and black "leaders" like Jesse...
  • City with 36% Unemployment Rate Now has Highest Minimum Wage in California

    03/20/2014 7:28:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 03/20/2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    I don’t see how this plan could possibly fail unless economics is real. A San Francisco Bay Area city is on track to have the highest minimum wage in California. The Richmond City Council voted 6-1 on Tuesday in favor of an ordinance that would raise minimum hourly pay in the city to $12.30 an hour by 2017. Richmond’s unemployment rate is somewhere between 11 and 14 percent. Its unemployment rate for black men is 36%.It’s the third most dangerous city in California and its 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th top employers are all the government. And it has a...
  • Study Shows Increased Minimum Wage's Destructiveness

    03/20/2014 4:46:14 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Investors.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Jobs: The country's biggest employment agency warns that 38% of private employers will lay off workers if Congress raises the minimum wage. Once again, wage earners are the casualties of waging class warfare. The White House website's slick presentation on the minimum wage says: "No one who works full time should have to raise their family in poverty." And it promises: "It will lift wages for 28 million Americans. It will give businesses customers with more spending money. It will grow the economy for everyone — and we can do it right now." Gee, if you don't like your wage,...
  • Obama Pushes Economic Destruction while Texas Booms

    03/20/2014 12:42:44 PM PDT · by rightwingerpatriot · 5 replies
    Rightwingpatriot.com ^ | March 20, 2014 | Rightwingerpatriot
    It's a tale of two different economic principles as we examine what President Obama proposes and what's being executed in Texas. As we all know, progressive liberals like Obama want to interfere with every aspect of the economy, raise taxes, and vastly increase regulations and red tape. We're told that such measures will increase our economic prosperity as we're just plain too stupid to do things on our own and need the blessed guidance of big government to take care of us. The opposite approach is being taken in Texas where Governor Rick Perry has spearheaded lower taxes, lower regulations,...
  • Raise the minimum wage, we slow hiring: Businesses

    03/19/2014 12:06:12 PM PDT · by xzins · 21 replies
    CNBC ^ | Wednesday, 19 Mar 2014 | CNBC.com staff
    <p>The great division among businesses and economists over the impact of raising the minimum wage rages on. More than half of all businesses who pay minimum wage say they would significantly slow their hiring if the federal wage is raised to $10.10 per hour, according to a new survey from a staffing firm that was cited by The Wall Street Journal.</p>
  • Who Is Behind The Minimum Wage Increase Drive?

    03/17/2014 1:04:34 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 22 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/15/2014 | Jack Spencer
    A petition drive to put a minimum wage increase on the statewide ballot in Michigan is only superficially about the minimum wage and isn't really Michigan based, says a watchdog group monitoring the issue and the groups behind it. In fact, says Mike Paranzino, the Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC), which is actively supporting a minimum wage increase, is really just a labor front group. Paranzino is communications director for ROCexposed, an organization dedicated to educating people about "worker centers," which are being organized by ROC. ROCexposed provides a counter to ROC's research, illuminates its funding and highlights the tactics ROC...
  • President defends his pants

    03/14/2014 10:17:39 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 66 replies
    March 14, 2014, 11:53 am President defends his pants By Justin Sink President Obama complained during an interview Friday with Ryan Seacrest that he has been "unfairly maligned" for his jeans selection. "I've been unfairly maligned about my jeans," Obama told the radio host. "The truth is, generally, I look very sharp in jeans. There was one episode like four years ago in which I was wearing loose jeans, mainly because I was out on the pitchers mound and didn't want to feel confined while I was pitching." Earlier this month, former Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin mocked Obama's...
  • Obama, in His Sole Discretion

    03/14/2014 5:42:53 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 14, 2014 | David Limbaugh
    With each passing day, President Barack Obama, leftism personified, demonstrates that leftism is characterized by anything other than the human compassion it claims as its exclusive possession. I've always said leftists are about not compassion or treating people with sensitivity and respect, much less equally, but control and bullying, all with an arrogant, mean-spirited air of superiority. For Obama, there are at least two aspects to his control-freakishness. He not only pushes policies that give the federal government vastly more control over our lives but also is inordinately dictatorial in the manner in which he ramrods his agenda through, displaying...
  • Fairy Tale Minimum Wage Economics

    03/13/2014 1:29:10 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 3/13/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    According to MIRS News, the backers of the ballot proposal that would increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, "said the change would raise wages for about 940,000 people in Michigan, or 24 percent of workers." That number is reached by looking at the number of workers currently making less than $10.10 per hour, adding in hundreds of thousands of other employees, assuming they will also get a raise and pretending that mandating a 36 percent increase in labor costs would have no effect on employment. If that's the kind of economics minimum wage backers believe in, they are...
  • Obama’s Minimum Wage Push: ‘Fairy-Tale Economics’

    03/12/2014 6:33:32 PM PDT · by mandrews222 · 4 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | March 12, 2014 | John Walker
    “Make Jobs, Not Propaganda” President Obama’s income inequality campaign – the centerpiece of his effort to save vulnerable Democrats from the Obamacare disaster – is fast losing steam in the face of raw facts and political reality. The President wandered up to Connecticut the other day to sing the praises of a minimum wage increase with friendly Democratic governors who have moved to raise the minimum wage in their states. His refrain was familiar. “It’s time to give America a raise,” Obama said. “It’s not bad business to do right by your workers; it’s good business.” As usual, the president...
  • Obama’s Minimum Wage Push: ‘Fairy-Tale Economics’

    03/12/2014 4:14:20 PM PDT · by mcf1 · 3 replies
    Western Free Press ^ | March 12, 2014 | John Walker
    “Make Jobs, Not Propaganda” President Obama’s income inequality campaign – the centerpiece of his effort to save vulnerable Democrats from the Obamacare disaster – is fast losing steam in the face of raw facts and political reality. The President wandered up to Connecticut the other day to sing the praises of a minimum wage increase with friendly Democratic governors who have moved to raise the minimum wage in their states. His refrain was familiar. “It’s time to give America a raise,” Obama said. “It’s not bad business to do right by your workers; it’s good business.” As usual, the president...
  • Obama: It’s time to give America a raise

    03/08/2014 10:04:41 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 62 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 8, 2014 6:02 AM EST
    President Barack Obama says he’s hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says those actions show that change comes to Washington, not from it. …
  • Obama's Organizing For Action Asks Members 'What Should Mininum Wage Be?'

    03/07/2014 6:51:55 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 16 replies
    $10 an hour? $20? Let's make everyone rich and call it an even $100! As a proud member of the email list of Organizing For America, the successor organization to the Obama campaign, I just received a message, next to a big photo of the President, stating "Our minimum wage is at a historic low, and millions of full-time workers are struggling just to get by." The message then invites recipients to fill in a blank answering this question: "What do you think the minimum wage should be?" More after the jump.
  • Minimum Wage: Do the Math

    03/06/2014 4:34:49 PM PST · by The_Harlequin · 11 replies
    Uncommon Sense ^ | 3-5-14 | Chris Shugart
    Last month, President Obama decreed by executive order to raise the minimum wage for federal contractors. This week he continues to campaign for support of a Congressional bill that would raise the minimum wage nationwide. As the debate rages on, we are at least reminded of the math illiteracy we face in our schools and society. It also serves as evidence that the minimum wage proponents don’t really care about the math anyway—just as long as they can take credit for handing out more money to low wage earners. The arguments offered by proponents are more political posturing than economic...
  • Two Maps That Show How Out of Touch the White House Is With the Rest of America.

    When it comes to issues like Obamacare, immigration and the minimum wage, President Obama’s justification for pushing his agenda has been akin to the tune of “This is what America wants.”
  • From The Union Arsenal: How Unions Outspent Business 2 to 1 In SeaTac’s Minimum Wage Battle

    03/04/2014 5:26:07 AM PST · by iowamark · 9 replies
    RedState ^ | March 3, 2014 | LaborUnionReport
    If you haven’t heard, the city of SeaTac, Washington (a city of roughly 27,000) is jacking up its minimum wage to $15 an hour. It was the result of a union-funded campaign and, as forewarning to employers, if it hasn’t already, it is something that is likely coming to a city near you. As unions have found it difficult to unionize more employers the traditional way, they have turned to alternative strategies, including Worker Centers and the fight to increase the minimum wage.In November 2013, the minimum wage measure was initially passed by SeatTac voters. However, after it was challenged...
  • Bars, Restaurants Could See 280 Percent Increase in Costs With Minimum Wage Ballot Proposal

    03/03/2014 10:20:22 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 20 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/2/2014 | Jarrett Skorup
    A group working to substantially increase Michigan's minimum wage says doing so would not likely lead to job losses or higher prices. But restaurant and bar owners disagree. The coalition, Raise Michigan, is working to increase the minimum wage for all workers from $7.40 to $10.10 per hour over a period of three years. Currently, all Michigan workers are required by law to make at least $7.40 per hour, but tipped workers are allowed to be paid a base wage of $2.65 provided their tips take them over the minimum. If they do not, their employer is required to make...
  • Democrats Try Wooing Ones Who Got Away: White Men

    03/03/2014 8:21:13 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 41 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 2, 2014 | JACKIE CALMES
    "..................What discourages Democrats is that men’s attitudes shaped over generations — through debates over civil rights, anti-Communism, Vietnam, feminism, gun control and dislocations from lost manufacturing jobs and stagnant wages in a global economy — are not easily altered. “Democrats are for a bunch of freeloaders in this world as far as I’m concerned,” said Gari Day, 63, an Avis bus driver from suburban Detroit. “Republicans make you work for your money, and try to let you keep it.” Michael Bunce, 48, buying parts at a Lowe’s in Southfield, Mich., first ascribed his Republican bias to fiscal matters, but quickly...
  • Workers, bused-in activists target UPMC offices

    03/03/2014 8:03:08 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 2 replies
    WPXI ^ | March 3, 2014
    PITTSBURGH--An estimated 300 workers and bused-in labor activists tied up Pittsburgh traffic when they marched downtown to rally outside the corporate offices of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. Monday's rally follows demonstrations outside the same building last week when police cited nine demonstrators for trespassing. The activists from the Service Employees International Union, which is trying to organize some of the hospital network's workers, and others were also pressing for higher wages for cooks, custodians and other blue-collar health workers.
  • President Obama to Speak at Central Conn. State Unversity

    03/02/2014 4:20:32 PM PST · by matt04 · 20 replies
    Gov. Dannel Malloy announced today President Obama will speaking at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain on Wednesday to push his proposal to raise the minimum wage. According to the White House, the president will be in the Hartford area on March 5. Further details on President Obama's visit will be made available in the next few days. The minimum wage battle was at the center of a headline-grabbing war of words between Gov. Dannel Malloy and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal at a meeting of governors at the White House last weekend. Several governors emerged to speak to reporters...
  • This Just In: Low Information Voters Serve Up A Bad Economy

    03/02/2014 9:23:25 AM PST · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 2, 2014 | Austin Hill
    If you’ve ever wondered how the United States got in to its current mess of a stagnant economy and out-of-control government, I have a suggestion. Take a good look at what a handful of voters in one of America’s finer suburbs did to themselves and the rest of their community, and realize that it is a microcosm for what’s happening all across the country. The city in question is Seatac, a small suburb in the state of Washington (it’s name is derived from the larger neighboring cities of Seattle and Tacoma). Last year a group of activists there were...
  • From The People We Look To For Business Advice: The New York Times Fights to Raise the Min. Wage

    02/28/2014 8:24:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Just One Minute ^ | 02/28/2014 | Tom McGuirre
    From The People We Look To For Business Advice The NY Times blurbs their latest attempt to resuscitate the Obama agenda:Business and the Minimum WageBy THE EDITORIAL BOARDPaying workers more can help companies lower turnover and improve productivity.We hope the Times publishers take this advice to heart as we contemplate these headlines at the Huffington Post:NYT Editor Speaks Out About 'Painful' Layoffs NYT Lays Off 'Far Fewer People' Than It Expected Top New York Times Editor Stepping Down Layoffs Approaching At NY Times Major NYT Layoffs New York Times Layoffs Begin New York Times Panic: Staffers Told To Rein In...
  • Minimum Wage Hike Support Falls On CBO Jobs Warning

    02/28/2014 8:03:57 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 02/27/2014 | John Merline
    Less than half the public support a sharp boost in the minimum wage when told that it could cost the economy half a million jobs, according to the latest IBD/TIPP Poll out Thursday. That comes amid reports that some Senate Democrats are backing away from President Obama´s push to boost the minimum wage by 39% over the next two years, to $10.10 an hour, after the Congressional Budget Office found that it would kill 500,000 jobs. Unlike other surveys, the IBD/TIPP Poll asked two questions about the minimum wage.
  • 21st-Century Politics: A Minus-Sum Game Where Everybody Loses

    02/28/2014 6:53:09 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 28, 2014 | Scott Rasmussen
    "A simple recipe for violence: promise a lot, deliver a little. Lead people to believe they will be much better off, but let there be no dramatic improvement." The brilliant political scientist Aaron Wildavsky wrote these words in 1968 while America was engulfed in race riots and anti-war protests. Sadly, his words from long ago eerily describe the politics of 21st-century America. President Barack Obama and his recent predecessors have been good about promising a lot but delivering little. The current crusade to raise the minimum wage is a perfect example. Regardless of whether or not it makes sense, the...
  • Minimum wage to jump to Ł6.50 an hour, the first inflation-busting rise in five years…(UK)

    02/26/2014 8:56:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 14:35 EST, 26 February 2014 | Matthew Chorley
    The minimum wage is to rise by 3 percent to Ł6.50, adding an extra Ł370 a year to the pay packets of millions of workers. The inflation-busting rise is the first for five years and follows George Osborne’s call for workers to be rewarded as the economic recovery gains momentum. And the Low Pay Commission said it was just the start of a “new phase” which would take the rate to new record highs. Ministers claim the Ł6.31 hourly rate for adult workers has been outstripped by the rising cost of living and is now worth the same in real...
  • RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE TO $14 AN HOUR USING THIS ONE WEIRD TRICK!

    02/26/2014 7:21:36 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Ann Coulter website ^ | February 26, 2014 | Ann Coulter
    Democrats believe they've hit on the perfect issue to distract from the horror of Obamacare in the 2014 elections: the minimum wage. Apparently, increasing the minimum wage was not important for American workers during the first five years of Obama's presidency -- least of all his first two years, when Democrats controlled Congress and could have passed anything. (And did!) No. The minimum wage did not become a pressing concern until an election year in which the public's hatred of Obamacare is expected to be the central issue. As The New York Times explained, Democrats see the minimum wage as...
  • Obama's Minimum Wage Economy

    02/26/2014 12:26:25 PM PST · by Kaslin · 25 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 26, 2014 | Donald Lambro
    WASHINGTON - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal came up with the perfect name for the Obama economy that you'll be hearing a lot in this year's midterm election campaigns. "After more than five years under this administration, the Obama economy is now the minimum wage economy," the Republican governor told reporters after a meeting he and his gubernatorial colleagues held with Obama at the White House. With his anemic economy still unable to produce enough jobs to put millions of unemployed Americans back to work full-time, Obama is offering a old, threadbare idea to raise the nation's minimum hourly wage to...