July 30, 2021

NH Lawmakers Again Show Their Support for Tipped Workers

Last week, New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu signed legislation to sever the tie between the state’s minimum base wage for tipped employees and the federal minimum wage, which the state currently adopts as its own minimum requirement for all non-tipped employees. As President Biden and Congressional allies continue pushing for…
July 23, 2021

Forthcoming Study Links Minimum Wage Hikes to Drops in Healthcare Coverage

The economics of minimum wage hikes are pretty simple: raising minimum wage costs causes employers to account for these costs in other areas. Evidence of this trend is well-documented: wage hikes have been demonstrated to cost workers their jobs, or cause a decline in scheduled hours. Employees at companies…
July 16, 2021

New Report Draws Bogus Link Between Housing Costs and Minimum Wage

Every year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) releases a new report with headline-inducing statistics and fancy maps detailing the so-called “Housing Wage” that workers need to earn to afford the current rental market. This year was no exception – and minimum wage hike…
July 9, 2021

Raising NH’s Minimum Wage to $15 Would Kill Over 13,000 Jobs

This week, the Restaurant Opportunities Center, a controversial interest group known for aggressively pushing to end the tip credit and tipping system, held an event in New Hampshire to pressure Sens. Maggie Hassan and Jeanne Shaheen into supporting a future Raise the Wage Act proposal. Hassan and Shaheen were…
July 1, 2021

Ahead of NY State Wage Hike, NYC’s Experience With $15 Previews Employment Consequences

July 1st marks a scheduled raise to a $15 minimum wage for all fast food workers across New York State. Eighteen other states and localities saw minimum wage hikes yesterday too. But areas considering their own wage increases should be wary of the impact $15 can have, as…
June 25, 2021

Initiative 77 Didn’t Represent DC Restaurant Workers in 2018, and It Doesn’t Now

Ballot Initiative 77 sought to eliminate the District of Columbia’s tip credit, and instead require traditionally-tipped restaurant workers to be paid the regular minimum wage, a practice that often incentivizes employers to move to a no-tipping system, which can have disastrous effects for tipped workers’ earnings and jobs. The Initiative…
June 17, 2021

ROC’s Long History of Controversy Gets Even Longer

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) is controversial for its mission alone — its push to eliminate the current tipping system is overwhelmingly rejected by tipped employees who say they earn more under the current system than under a flat minimum wage. Beyond its policy goals though, ROC has been controversial…
June 10, 2021

Raising PA’s Minimum Wage to $15 Would Kill Over 143,000 Jobs

Since U.S. Senators voted against a federal $15 minimum wage, Pennsylvania lawmakers have ramped up a push to raise the state minimum wage to $15, headed by Governor Tom Wolf. Such a measure would more than double the state’s current minimum, and could cost more…
June 4, 2021

A State of the States on the $15 Minimum Wage

The national push to establish a federal $15 minimum wage awaits Democrats’ negotiations over the American Jobs Plan and decisions over how to use a reconciliation process to pass key proposals. But in the meantime, states are pushing to raise their wages to $15 – and Delaware could be next.
May 26, 2021

Dear Sens. Romney and Sinema: An $11 Minimum Wage Can Still Have Severe Consequences

Last week, Senators Mitt Romney (R-UT) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) presented a long-promised minimum wage “compromise” plan to the “Gang of 20” — a bipartisan group of senators looking to make policy changes. Earlier this spring, Sen. Joe Manchin signaled this new proposal may go for an $11 per hour…