September 16, 2021

Even Amid Sharp Inflation, $15 Minimum Wage Still Doesn’t Make Sense

Consumer prices increased by 5.3% in August over the last 12 months – creating some cause for concern amid economic recovery from the pandemic. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest release this week, food-at-home prices rose by 3%, and food-away-from-home (i.e. restaurant) prices rose 4.7%. Energy…
September 10, 2021

Economists Find Tipped Minimum Wage Hikes Kill Jobs, Ineffective at Targeting Poverty

A new study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research corroborates the existing economic literature: raising tipped minimum wages is actually harmful to tipped workers, and does not effectively address poverty despite what anti-tip credit activists claim. Drs. David Neumark and Maysen Yen at the University of California-Irvine find…
August 27, 2021

Is the Fight for $15 Becoming the Fight for $20, or $30?

After getting nixed from this past spring’s reconciliation bill due to procedural rules, the federal $15 minimum wage proposal has been sidetracked given other legislative priorities for Democrats and the Biden administration. Nevertheless, the so-called “Fight for $15” movement has pushed forward in other arenas, including corporate minimum wage campaigns…
August 20, 2021

What Does Larry Elder Mean When He Says The Ideal Minimum Wage Should Be $0?

Larry Elder is running in what appears to be a close race to replace current California Governor Gavin Newsom if voters elect to recall him. Elder says he is basing his campaign on “common sense” principles, and alarmed some Californians a few weeks ago when he said “the ideal minimum…
August 13, 2021

Even with a New Governor, Ending the Tip Credit Would Still Harm New York’s Restaurant Employees

The Restaurant Opportunities Center (ROC) and its affiliated non-profit One Fair Wage (OFW) have relentlessly demanded that New York state lawmakers scrap the tip credit, which allows restaurant employers to count tips towards the minimum wage requirement. While it aggressively pushed Governor Andrew Cuomo to raise the state minimum wage…
August 6, 2021

The Tipping Track Record: One Fair Wage’s $15 Wage Recommendations Don’t Actually Work

This week One Fair Wage (OFW), known for its aggressive and controversial tactics to advocate for ending tipping and the tip credit, released a “How-To Guide” for restaurants to adopt a flat minimum wage, like the Raise The Wage Act’s goal of $15 per hour. But the organization’s catchy…
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…