CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 1995
The Feb. 12 Opinion pieces on work and welfare by Guy Molyneux ("Toiling Longer--But for the Same Pay") and Gregg Easterbrook ("Minimum Wage Not Always So Minimum") are valuable helps toward dissipating the fog that vested interests have created to prevent ordinary people from understanding what is really happening in the economy. But two things need further elucidation. First, the fear of inflation, hence the need to keep raising interest rates to prevent it. The business pages keep telling us that the bond market is the segment of the economy that most needs reassurance that low inflation will continue.
April 13, 2006
Re " ... It's a major mistake," Opinion, April 11 State Sen. Tom McClintock's article is an example of the misinformation that permeates the minimum-wage debate. It's time to get the facts straight. The vast majority (83%) of workers earning within a dollar of the state's minimum wage are adults, ages 20 to 64. More than half (56%) are adults who work full time. Among California's families with minimum-wage workers, two in five (38%) rely on the minimum wage for all of their family earnings.
April 11, 2006 |
THE MOST important thing for any poor person trying to improve his or her condition is, of course, a job. It is the entry-level job that accords impoverished workers -- even those with no skills, no references and no employment record -- the invaluable opportunity to succeed and to prosper. It is literally the first rung up the ladder of success. If that is true, then the most vicious governmental policy would be one that eliminates entry-level jobs, making it harder for the poor to get a foothold in life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 12, 2013 |
The pickup truck tooled around Highland Park on Saturday morning, loudspeakers in back crooning in Spanish: "Wendy, la Wendy. We're gonna vote. $15 an hour we'll make. Wendy, la Wendy, we're gonna dance. Eric Garcetti, start crying. " A political mailer prepared by the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor -- and duly posted on the city's Ethics Commission website -- offers a strikingly similar promise. "On May 21, our votes can raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour," says the brochure from the Coalition for Better Schools and Communities, the organization's "super-PAC.
March 10, 2013 |
Nearly 8 million Americans go to work every day yet still live below the poverty line. That is in part because the federal minimum wage is too low. Currently, an individual with a full-time job at the minimum wage and a family of three to support will fall below the federal poverty line. These workers, despite putting in regular hours, are struggling to provide basic necessities for themselves and their families. By allowing the minimum wage to remain at a nearly unlivable level, we have deemed certain jobs not worthy enough to meet even our country's minimum standard of living.
March 10, 2013 |
In announcing his wrongheaded proposal to increase the minimum wage to $9 an hour, President Obama spoke in lofty terms: "In the wealthiest nation on Earth," he said in his State of the Union address last month, "no one who works full time should have to live in poverty. " If the debate proceeds as it has -- many times -- in the past, then most Democrats will embrace the president's message and back the proposal, while most Republicans will oppose it, on the grounds that higher labor costs will lead to higher unemployment.