Minimum Wage

March 26, 2014

How do you know that momentum is building in the campaign to raise the minimum wage? Opponents arrive with inflated claims of job losses if we raise the wage.

March 21, 2014

When you restrict your view to just parents affected by an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour, the average low-wage parent is responsible for just over half (51%) of her family's income.

March 18, 2014

Raising the minimum wage has already gained momentum nationally and is likely to be a defining issue in Pennsylvania's gubernatorial election this year. It's also a policy issue where Pennsylvania is lagging well behind our neighboring states.

February 21, 2014

It is a very good sign that prominent low-wage employers are talking in a positive way about raising wages for their workers. What to look for in the coming months is whether politicians normally opposed to a minimum wage increase begin shifting their stance.

January 30, 2014

Expect to read and hear a lot about state and federal efforts to raise the minimum wage over the next year. You can also expect to read and hear a lot about a familiar argument from opponents: that raising the minimum wage is a bad idea because it will mainly benefit teens working summer jobs for extra cash. Simply put, that argument is just not true.

December 10, 2013

One justification cited by The Times for paying fast-food workers more is the savings to governmental public assistance programs for low-wage workers. A recent study found that more than half of fast-food workers rely on public assistance.

December 9, 2013

Are American opinion leaders and policymakers finally ready for a serious effort to reduce economic inequality and rebuild opportunity in America? The first in an occasional blog series on inequality.

December 2, 2013

Ron Unz, a conservative Silicon Valley millionaire and past Editor of The American Conservative, favors increasing California's minimum wage to $12 per hour. The arguments he is making explain why a much higher minimum wage strengthens the economy and benefits taxpayers.

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