Bad Consequences of Public Policies Aren’t Really “Unintended,” Just “Unacknowledged”

By Steve Buckstein Decades of research and experience tell us that raising the government-imposed minimum wage results in fewer younger and lower-skilled individuals being hired, and in some of them losing jobs they previously held at lower wages.* Decades of … Continue reading

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Will Oregon Price the Least-Skilled out of the Workforce…Too Slowly?

By Steve Buckstein As Oregon’s February legislative session approaches, Governor Kate Brown wants to head off a contentious minimum wage ballot measure that would raise Oregon’s rate up to $15 per hour over three years. But, her plan seems to … Continue reading

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The Minimum Wage Conversation Never Ends

By Steve Buckstein Oregon and some other states mandate that their minimum wage increase every year with the Consumer Price Index. Based on that formula, it was announced earlier this month that Oregon’s minimum wage, the second highest in the country … Continue reading

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Minimum Wage Follies

By Steve Buckstein Fourteen bills have been introduced in the Oregon legislature to raise Oregon’s already high minimum wage or let localities do so. Apparently, some legislators believe that political laws can override the laws of economics. In this case, … Continue reading

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