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July 2, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Minimum wage: A coordinated effort to deceive the public on downsides

Guest Columnist Michael Saltsman [“How businesses will respond to $15 minimum wage,” Opinion, June 30], of the Employment Policies Institute (EPI), has a history of lobbying against benefits for workers across the country. His model? Survey hundreds of businesses who already oppose workplace standards and present data as unbiased research.  According to More

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June 26, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Minimum wage: Executives need to stop complaining

I wish the business community would stop whining about the minimum wage [“A rare voice on minimum wage,” Opinion, June 22].  They have been doing this since the minimum wage was initiated and it is really getting old. I would remind them that their employees would appreciate the opportunity to make a profit (and start a savings…


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June 5, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Minimum wage: Wage hikes can lead to automation

A fellow engineer, many years ago, referred to minimum wage laws as “Make Work Laws for Engineers” [“Seattle’s minimum-wage win spurs talk to target more cities,” Local News, June 4]. The history of the last 200 years clearly shows large masses of workers being replaced by machines. Automation today is not only easier to…


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June 2, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Minimum wage: A $15 wage would knock entry-level job seekers out of the market

The love affair over giving low-wage employees a $15 minimum wage is growing daily [“Workers see $15 wage as ‘peace of mind’,” Local News, June 1]. Who came up with $15 as what was required to make life easier for these unfortunate people? If I recall, someone who started it all just picked it…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: $15, Ed Hickey, entry-level jobs

May 31, 2014 at 3:48 PM

Minimum wage: A model for the nation

The $15 minimum-wage proposal passing is a huge step for the economy [“$15 minimum wage proposal heads to Monday City Council vote,” The Today File, May 29]. Many minimum-wage workers today are not teenage kids, but rather parents and adults who need to support themselves and families. To assume that one can look down…


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May 14, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Minimum wage: Raising the wage to $15 would cause excess of labor

Price controls do nothing to improve the economy as a whole [“How a $15 minimum wage could affect services to poor, vulnerable,” Opinion, May 12]. With regard to price floors like the minimum wage, the higher the floor the greater the economic harm. If this were not true, then why not raise the…


Comments | More in minimum wage | Topics: Minimum Wage, Nick Wold, unemployment

May 11, 2014 at 8:40 AM

Minimum wage: Hard for small businesses, self-employed to adapt

The Seattle Times especially well-written editorial on the minimum wage proposal for the City of Seattle may give pause for those who view a $15-an-hour wage a welcome step up to the middle class for the working poor [“An economic gamble in Seattle as $15 minimum wage becomes reality,” Opinion, May 3]. As…


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May 5, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Minimum wage: Economics can’t explain all variables of a wage hike

The final two words of Maxford Nelsen’s guest column on the minimum wage caught my attention, specifically the term “dreadful economics” [“Does increasing the minimum wage stimulate the economy?” Opinion, May 1] That pretty much defines the field of study of economics itself. This so-called social science attempts to apply the scientific method to…


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May 1, 2014 at 7:04 AM

Minimum wage: Use income tax to redistribute wealth

The Seattle Times article “Accord on $15 minimum wage: not yet” [Local News, April 24] describes the effort as an attempt to address the growing gap between the rich and the poor. This is misleading. A $15 minimum wage, while a help to those workers struggling (at least those workers who would not be…


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April 27, 2014 at 5:18 PM

Minimum wage: Prices for senior services could surge

Thanks to Seattle Times reporting, we know about effects of a $15 minimum wage on baristas and burger prices [“$15 wage — and tips, too?” Page One, April 21]. But what about impacts for seniors and the disabled? Vague references to nonprofits is the only clue that anything more than restaurant prices is at…


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