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Attorney General Ferguson wants to limit how customers learn about effects of $15 wage law

June 29, 2015 in Blog

As employers in SeaTac and Seattle comply with those cities’ new $15 wage law, some have added a surcharge to their customers’ bills to cover the cost of the higher mandated wages.  The surcharge policy has the added benefit of transparency, showing customers how prices have gone up as a result of the change in the law. 

State continues to stress the lack of an income tax as a selling point for new business

June 16, 2015 in Blog

We previously highlighted how the state Department of Commerce has long used Washington’s lack of income or capital gains taxes as part of their marketing pitch to encourage businesses to come to Washington.  Apparently department officials still believe having no income tax is a strong selling point.  

"Well this article sure brought out some emotions"

June 12, 2015 in Blog

Last Sunday The Seattle Times published an editorial I submitted detailing the hypocritical exemptions unions seek to the restrictive labor mandates they actively support.  In many cities, unionized employers are exempt from paying a higher minimum wage or providing paid sick leave.  

Four studies show Seattle’s dream of municipal broadband would be a nightmare

June 10, 2015 in Blog

Last month I reported on the push by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to get the city in the Internet-provider business with municipal broadband.  In the effort to move Seattle one step closer to that dream of government-run broadband, Mayor Murray commissioned a study to determine the costs and feasibility of making Seattle the first big city in the nation to treat broadband Internet access as a public utility.

Socialists blast labor unions for using minimum wage exemptions as ploy to grow union membership rolls

June 4, 2015 in Blog

The group that calls itself “the leadership of the world socialist movement” has published a hard-hitting editorial on organized labor’s efforts to carve out special exemptions from minimum wage and paid sick leave mandates.

Not everyone in Oakland is better off with a higher minimum wage

June 2, 2015 in Blog

Supporters of a higher minimum wage dismissively argue there are no downsides to a wage hike.  They simplistically declare that employers can afford to absorb the extra costs.  One Harvard professor that supports a higher minimum wage dismissively says: “If you’re so unproductive that you can’t pay a little bit more, then maybe you don’t belong in a modern economy.”

In the real world, however, things aren’t so easy.

What some minimum wage supporters think of employers

June 1, 2015 in Blog

After reading the comments of a blogger last week shrugging off the closure of Z Pizza in Seattle due to the city’s newly increased minimum wage, it occurred to me that what seemed like the insensitive (and even offensive) musings of one political gadfly are disconcertingly shared by other supporters of a higher minimum wage.

One liberal blogger admits a $15 minimum wage will cause harm

May 28, 2015 in Blog

Liberal political blogger and columnist Kevin Drum, whose musings are published in the leftist Mother Jones magazine, says he is “thrilled” that cities like Seattle, San Francisco (and soon Los Angeles) are mandating a $15 minimum wage.  Not because such a wage will lift working families out of poverty, but because he says it will “give us a great set of natural experiments to figure out what happens when you raise the minimum wage a lot.”

State Senator says Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave is to credit for state’s rosy revenue forecast

May 22, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday Senator Andy Billig attributed some of the modest increase in the state’s revenue forecast to the city of Seattle’s $15 minimum wage and paid sick leave mandates.

In a Democratic Leadership press conference Senator Billig said:

When it comes to the impacts of a high minimum wage, a picture is worth a thousand words

May 21, 2015 in Blog

This sign in a Seattle nail salon is a perfect illustration of the unintended consequences of forcing employers to pay an artificially high minimum wage.

The low-skill, minimum wage jobs praised by celebrity James Franco probably won't exist in the future

May 13, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday I blogged how actor James Franco is praising McDonalds for its readily-available and low-skill jobs.  Franco recounts how, as a struggling actor, he was desperate to earn money.  He had few skills (he had been fired from his previous jobs) and just needed a way to make some cash: “…just like their [McDonalds] food, the job was more available there than anywhere else. When I was hungry for work, they fed the need."

Celebrity defends McDonald's low-skill, low-wage jobs

May 12, 2015 in Blog

While McDonald's is vilified by the $15 minimum wage movement as the poster child for corporate greed and worker exploitation, one famous actor has a different perspective.

Last week actor, director, writer and college teacher James Franco authored an editorial in The Washington Post praising fast-food giant McDonalds for giving him a job when no one else would. 

Young workers have been left behind in Washington state

May 5, 2015 in Blog

Yesterday U.S. Senator Patty Murray editorialized that every worker in America deserves to earn a minimum wage of $12.  

Municipal Broadband in Seattle: A Solution in Search of a Problem

May 5, 2015 in Blog

Activists and elected officials in Seattle are pushing to get the city in the Internet provider business with municipal broadband.  Mayor Ed Murray supports the idea of government-owned and operated broadband networks and has commissioned a study to determine the costs and feasibility of making Seattle the first big city in the nation to treat broadband Internet access as a public ut