UC Berkeley researchers miss the mark on minimum wage increases

By Michael Saltsman, The Sacramento Bee

Sacramento is the latest California city to consider a higher minimum wage, and proponents have cited studies from researchers affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, suggesting a wage raise is mostly beneficial. This same team is expected to release results for Sacramento.

Raising the minimum wage is the perfect way to kill the summer job

By Jonah Goldberg, AEI.org

I had a lot of summer jobs. I was a foot messenger in New York for a couple of summers. I worked as a receptionist and mail-room flunky. Before my junior year of high school, I briefly sold ice-cream snacks — sort of yuppie bonbons — on the street for a company called Love Bites. The uniform was a tight red T-shirt (with a cupid over the heart), a straw hat, cane, and snug brown shorts. When my manager asked me to work weekend nights in the (famously gay) West Village, I defected to a company that sold Italian ices. First, I didn’t want to work nights. But at 16, I also wasn’t ready to say, “Hey mister, would you like a Love Bite?” to the gang leaving the Stonewall Inn.

Gov. Jay Nixon Spurns Freedom-Loving Missourians

By Don Loos, National Right to Work Committee

Missouri came tantalizingly close last month to becoming America’s 26th Right to Work state. But after H.B.116, a measure prohibiting forced union dues and fees, was approved by lopsided state legislative majorities, it is about to fall prey to Big Labor Democrat Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto pen.

New York Fast Food Franchises May Sue Over $15 Minimum Wage Bill

By Joanna Fantozzi, thedailymeal.com

Yesterday, restaurant workers across the state celebrated the next step in the implementation of a $15 minimum wage for fast food employees. But not everyone is happy with the new minimum wage plan, which would give large franchises in New York City just three years to increase their employees’ salaries by $6.25.