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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Making Youth Unemployment Worse

–The unintended negative effects of raising minimum wage rates By Randall Pozdena and Steve Buckstein President-elect Donald Trump has nominated the CEO of one of the nation’s largest fast food chains to serve as U.S. Secretary of Labor. The food preparation … Continue reading

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Give Every Oregon Employer a Personalized Minimum Wage

By Steve Buckstein Union-backed and activist groups are trying to put measures on the November 2016 ballot to raise Oregon’s minimum wage from the current $9.25 to either $13.50 or $15, and to allow local governments such as the city … 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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$15 Minimum Wage? More May Turn Out to Be Less

By Kathryn Hickok Last summer, Seattle passed an ordinance raising its minimum wage to $15 per hour. A Portland-area restaurant owner recently explained in The Oregonian how a $15-per-hour minimum wage here would spell lower total wages and less opportunity … Continue reading

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Small Business Owners Say: $15 Minimum Wage Is a “Mortal Threat”

By Kathryn Hickok This week Seattle became the first city in the nation to mandate a $15 minimum wage. But far from being a victory for workers, a super-high minimum wage is likely to cause more harm than good by … Continue reading

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Income Inequality: A Problem That Isn’t

By Steve Buckstein The debate over “income inequality” has simmered for some time, but now seems to be upfront as a key dividing line in American politics. President Obama uses the concept to make his case for raising the federal minimum wage. … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Minimum Wage Prices Teens Out

By Michael Nielsen Oregon’s minimum wage laws are changing our economy, and it doesn’t seem to be for the better. When analyzing Monthly Current Population Survey data from the Census Bureau for 2012, it is suspicious that we are behind … Continue reading

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A “Training Wage” Can Get Teens Their First Job – And Jumpstart Their Earning Potential

Have you ever tried to hire an average teenager? A few years ago, when I needed some furniture moved, my mother reached out to some fundraising teenagers on my behalf, offering the wage that I had set. The three boys … Continue reading

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