California January 14, 2022

California Lawmakers: Leave the FAST Recovery Act in 2021

Last year, union-backed state Rep. Lorena Gonzalez and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) attempted a regulatory takeover of the California fast food industry by a state appointed unelected council. Gonzalez’s legislation, entitled the “FAST Recovery Act,” pointed to a severely biased study authored by reliably left-wing University of…
California December 17, 2021

California’s Cautionary Tale about the Minimum Wage

California dreaming continues at the expense of the state’s own employees. As of January 1, California will be the first state to implement a $15 per hour minimum wage for most businesses (employers of 25 or fewer will reach $15 next year). The Golden State was one of the…
California, Washington January 2, 2020

New Year, New (Harmful) Wage Mandates for Business Owners

For many of us, the New Year is a chance to reflect on the past year and resolve to improve in the future. Unfortunately, many business owners may have trouble starting 2020 off on the right foot, thanks to a slew of mandatory wage hikes that took place on January…
California September 4, 2019

Bay Area Restaurants are Struggling with Rising Minimum Wages

The consequences of the UC Berkeley labor teams’ flawed studies are once again being felt by small businesses throughout the bay area. Before cities in the Bay Area debated whether or not to raise their minimum wages — they relied on studies by the University of California Berkeley’s labor team…
California May 9, 2019

More Evidence from California: Minimum Wage Hikes Cause More Harm than Good

The Golden State, which is known for its progressive policies, was one of the first states to implement a $15 minimum wage. While the wage mandate is still a few years out from being fully implemented, its harmful effects are already being felt across the state. A recent study…
California, News December 14, 2017

New Study Shows Consequences of California’s $15 Minimum Wage

For the past two decades, California has pursued minimum wage levels about the federal standard. It will be the first state to reach a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, in 2022. A new study by Dr. David Macpherson of Trinity University and Dr. William Even…
California July 26, 2016

$15 Hits California Businesses Hard

California is in the process of ratcheting up its minimum wage from $10 an hour to $15 by 2022, and the hikes are making it tough for small businesses to stay afloat. Just last week, the 25-year-old Roseville brick-and-mortar The Almost Perfect Bookstore was forced to close up shop and resort to online-only…
California May 20, 2016

A Golden State Payout for Big Labor

California’s impending $15 minimum wage will take full effect by 2022-23. Evidence suggests that organized labor’s $1.6 million investment in the venture is already set to pay off. Typically, unions support a higher minimum wage to achieve an indirect pay benefit . An analysis of…
California September 24, 2015

Labor Loophole Coming Soon to Santa Monica?

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor was widely-ridiculed for its attempt to exempt union members covered by collective bargaining agreements from the $15 minimum wage it had championed for the city. As the Los Angeles Times wrote in a scathing editorial:  It’s stunning that after leading the fight for a $15…