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Feb 1 cloudveil1 commented on New Study Finds Modest Minimum Wage Hikes Have No Negative Impact on Employment.
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You'll always be able to find some economists who believe increasing the minimum wage hurts employment. But when you look at the totality of minimum wage research - and in particular the more recent and sophisticated studies since 2000 or so - it points to little to no measurable effect on employment due to a modest minimum wage increase. (http://www.cepr.net/documents/publicatio…)

BTW, "big labor" probably isn't your best stalking horse anymore, given that the share of the US workforce in a union is at a 97-year low (11.3%): http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/24/busine…
Jan 31 cloudveil1 commented on New Study Finds Modest Minimum Wage Hikes Have No Negative Impact on Employment.
@32 You cited a publication from a PR firm (one funded in part by the restaurant industry) to back up a spurious claim about the minimum wage hurting employment. I pointed that out. That's all.
Jan 31 cloudveil1 commented on New Study Finds Modest Minimum Wage Hikes Have No Negative Impact on Employment.
@15 You should check your sources. The Employment Policies Institute (EPI) is one of several front groups created by Berman & Co., a Washington, DC public affairs firm owned by Rick Berman, who lobbies for the restaurant, hotel, alcoholic beverage and tobacco industries. It is registered as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization under the name of "Employment Policies Institute Foundation." In its annual Internal Revenue Service return, EPI states that it "shares office space with Berman & Company on a cost pass through basis". http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?tit…

In other words, Berman set up a non-profit that funnels its tax-deductible donations to himself. Don't take my word for it. His son describes Berman as "An exploiter. A scoundrel. A world historical $^@#&*%$ing son of a &!&@#.": http://www.bluenc.com/richard-berman-des…
Jan 31 cloudveil1 commented on New Study Finds Modest Minimum Wage Hikes Have No Negative Impact on Employment.
The employment effect of the minimum wage is one of the most studied topics in all of economics. The evidence from the most recent and sophisticated research points to little or no employment response to modest increases in the minimum wage. Read for yourself here: http://www.cepr.net/index.php/publicatio…
Oct 4, 2013 cloudveil1 commented on Anti-$15 an Hour Minimum Wage Lobbyist: "I Don't Think Anybody Can Argue" that $9 an Hour Is a Living Wage.
@1, only as long as you're single/married without kids. As soon as you want to provide for a family, a $9/hour minimum wage isn't enough for broad swaths of Washington state: http://www.stateofworkingwa.org/#&panel1…
Aug 20, 2013 cloudveil1 commented on Smart, Effective Activism Pushes $15 an Hour Minimum Wage Fight into National Debate.
Seattle is actually following other cities in this case - Santa Fe's minimum wage is now $10.51/hour, San Jose's is $10/hour, and of course San Francisco's is $10.55.
Mar 11, 2013 cloudveil1 commented on Seattle-Hating State Senate Passes Anti-Sick Leave Bill.
@17 If people abuse it - and few will - then they can be fired. But your average biz loses a lot more from all the worker turnover/retraining time (replacing sick workers who have to quit or are fired), lower productivity (as sick workers infect their coworkers), and longer times away from work (because people don't get preventative care if they can't take time to see their doc) than it will from paying people the 2 days a year or so people are out sick.
Mar 11, 2013 cloudveil1 commented on Seattle-Hating State Senate Passes Anti-Sick Leave Bill.
@3 Do your homework. Seattle's law specifically says PTO ("paid time off") plans can count as paid sick time, as long as that time is in fact available for sick leave and people can earn/accrue it at the minimum rates specified by the ordinance.
Feb 6, 2013 cloudveil1 commented on Why Do Republicans Hate Young People? And Poor People? (And Working People in General?).
This bill doesn't just target teens - there are no age or experience qualifications *at all* in the bill - so anyone can get paid less, just because the employer decides they need "training".
Jan 31, 2013 cloudveil1 commented on Pulling Up the Ladder Behind Them.
@11 and @14, Texas schmexas - every state in the country has a more progressive tax system than Washington does: http://www.itep.org/whopays/

Since most revenue matters in Olympia require two-thirds House and Senate votes for passage, they're hostage to a minority - one-third of senators or representatives - who can block any path toward fairer/more adequate funding for higher ed (or anything else, for that matter).

There may be a way out, though. If Texas really is that progressive, maybe you could do us all a favor here in Washington by convincing Tim "King of Minority Rule" Eyman to move there. Thanks in advance!
 
 

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