March 31, 2014

The President’s Misleading Minimum Wage Op-Ed

The White House this week is distributing an op-ed signed by President Obama that promises “millions” of Americans will be raised out of poverty if the minimum wage is increased to $10.10. Unfortunately, the President’s rhetoric doesn’t match up with the research from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO). Far…
March 27, 2014

Big Labor’s Bus Tour Gets a Reality Check

It’s been a difficult couple of weeks for proponents of a higher minimum wage, as we’ve documented in earlier posts. Faced with a Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate projecting as many as one million lost jobs from a $10.10 minimum wage, even some Democrats are getting nervous. Now, in a desperate…
March 27, 2014

When Will Richard Trumka Accept Our Challenge?

[trumka_timer] Recently, the AFL-CIO and its president Richard Trumka publicly challenged Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint to a debate about raising the minimum wage. DeMint passed, offering up the Foundation’s labor policy specialist instead, but Trumka and his union said no deal and pushed out the message that “DeMint Won’t…
March 20, 2014

Another Study Undermines White House Position on Minimum Wage and Job Loss

As part of his campaign to raise the minimum wage to $10.10, President Obama has assured Americans that there’s “no solid evidence” that a hike will cost jobs. Similarly, his chief economist told the press recently that “zero” was a reasonable estimate for the effect of a wage hike on…
March 11, 2014

Against It Before They Were For It: The White House and $10.10

After the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report estimating that a $10.10 minimum wage would eliminate as many as one million jobs, the White House scrambled to discredit it. In a lengthy press statement, the administration argued that the CBO’s conclusions did not “reflect the current consensus view…
March 5, 2014

Center for American Progress Ignores CBO in Flawed New Report

Just two weeks ago, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office released a report on President Obama’s $10.10 minimum wage proposal. Most of the press coverage rightly focused on the report’s estimate that 500,000 jobs would be lost if a $10.10 minimum wage became a reality. But the CBO also reported that…
February 27, 2014

About Those 600 Economists Who Support a $10.10 Minimum Wage

Last week, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report estimating that 500,000 jobs would be destroyed if the minimum wage was raised to $10.10. Suddenly on defense, the White House turned to a list of 600 economists who support an increase in the minimum wage and disagree…
News February 21, 2014

New National Ad: Minimum Wage Workers in Fast Lane to Unemployment

Rigorous economic research has long shown that raising the minimum wage results in job loss for the least-skilled employees. A recently released report from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) details that raising the minimum wage to $10.10 will reduce job opportunities for the least-skilled—the potential job losses range…
January 28, 2014

WSJ Ad Uses Bill Gates to Criticize $10.10 Minimum Wage

In his State of the Union address, President Obama will call for an increase in the federal minimum wage to $10.10—a nearly 40 percent jump over the current amount. The White House claims its plan won’t reduce jobs, but the vast majority of economic research on the subject –…
January 27, 2014

Maximum Hypocrisy on the Minimum Wage

In this week’s State of the Union address, President Obama is expected to ask members of Congress to pass a nearly 40% increase in the federal minimum wage. A new Employment Policies Institute (EPI) analysis shows that the vast majority of the bill’s sponsors are legislating with a  “do as…