Category: Employment Issues

Income Inequality and the Minimum Wage

Yesterday, the Congressional Budget Office released a report that estimated the effects of an increase in the minimum wage.   There were two scenarios:  Raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2016 and then adjusting annually for inflation, or raising the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour by 2016 with no adjustments for inflation. The […]

And the CBO Report is Supposed To Be Good News?

In a rather bizarre White House press briefing yesterday, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Jason Furman told reporters that the latest estimate that the Affordable Care Act will cause the loss of some 2.5 million jobs over the next 10 years is apparently a good thing.  He responded to a question about the Congressional […]

Apprenticeships May Be the Way to Go

In this morning’s NCPA Daily Policy Digest, we featured a story from the Wall Street Journal about the popularity of apprenticeship programs in Europe…offered by businesses themselves.  This contrasts sharply to the lack of involvement of American businesses in training their workers and the public policy push of “college at all costs.”  As I noted […]

The “Feel-Goodism” of Unemployment Insurance Benefit Extensions

Next week the Senate will vote on a bill to extend unemployment benefits for another three months to some 1.3 million unemployed whose benefits expired on December 28.   At a cost of a whopping $6.5 billion, it is expected to produce $141 million in revenue over the next 10 years.  (Unemployment benefits are taxed, after […]

Don’t Raise the Minimum Wage, Says a Former Minimum Wage Employee

Interesting perspective from a former fast food and retail employee-turned-columnist John Hawkins.  Read here at Townhall.    

Why a “Living Wage” in D.C. Does Not Make Sense

Recently, Washington D.C.’s council almost (but not quite) passed an ordinance that would require Walmart and other large big-box stores to pay a “living wage” of $12.50 an hour.  Being that 23,000 applications were submitted for the 600 jobs that will be available as Walmart opens its first store in the area, it is evident that workers have […]

Remember Back in the Day When We Used to Work?

One out of 3 adults now are neither working nor looking for work.   Yet this doesn’t stop those who want to further increase the cost of running a business or hiring employees: Dems Begin Minimum Wage Push White House Very Supportive of $10 Minimum Wage Push Obamacare Mandate:  A List of Cuts to Work Hours, Jobs […]

Is Anybody Working in Obama’s Economy?

Joblessness in Obama Nation: U-6, Participation Rate Dismal (Washington Times) For Some, Joblessness is not a Temporary Problem (New York Times) Census Bureau: Means-Tested Gov’t Benefit Recipients Outnumber Full-Time Year-Round Workers (CNS News) Female Participation in Labor Force Hits 24-Year Low (Washington Examiner) casino online U.S. Labor Force Participation Rate is at a 35-Year Low (PressTV) […]

A Fast Food CEO Speaks Out

Amidst the fanfare over the Berkeley study, the impact of ObamaCare on the service industry is never mentioned by living wage advocates.

The Fast Food Industry Takes an Unfair Beating…Yet Again

The University of California – Berkeley released a study implicating the fast food industry for variety of sins, mainly, not paying high enough wages generic levitra to its employees and not providing benefits.  This is not terribly surprising since there is a push by labor groups to unionize fast food employees and pay them above-market […]