Minimum Wage

The unintended consequences of a high minimum wage

Washington Policy Center has done extensive work on the issue of the minimum wage and has found that in many cases, there are almost always unintended consequences for the employee, the employer and the general consumer. Please use our materials below as a resource to learn about these unintended consequences.


Erin Shannon on Fox Business Network's Stossel


Blog posts:

Group behind Seattle's $15 minimum wage kicks off campaign for restrictions on scheduling

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 5 - Enforcement

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 4 - Paid Sick Leave

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 3 - Restrictions on Shift Scheduling

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 2 - Promoting Full-time Employment

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance: Part 1 - $15 Minimum Wage

Proposed City of Olympia Minimum Wage Ordinance is much more than a $15 mininum wage

Job losses in Seattle offer a glimpse of the future for the restaurant industry in $15 Now cities

Olympia considering SeaTac-style labor regulations

Yakima boasts nation's third highest "real" minimum wage; $15 Now wants more

Minimum wage hike is already killing jobs; fast food industry warns more losses are on the way

Artifically high wages don't make every worker happy

A disturbing example of union hypocrisy, intimidation and media control

What a $15 wage will really mean for New York's fast food workers

$15 minimum wage is encouraging a part-time work force

Starbucks prices increasing more in Seattle area...could the $15 minimum wage be a factor?

"Well this article sure brought out some emotions"

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

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

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

What some minimum wage supporters think of employers

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

$15Now! advocates won't admit the harm caused by their own policy


Citizens' Guide to Spokane Proposition 1: The Worker Bill of Rights

New rules will limit how customers learn about effects of $15 wage law

Key Facts about minimum wage

Has the minimum wage kept up with inflation?

Minimum wage increases in states are unrelated to job growth

Citizens' Guide to Proposition 1: to enact mandated worker benefits in SeaTac

Did Your Teen Find a Summer Job?


Union hypocrisy exploits union workers
  This Opinion/Editorial was featured in The Seattle Times on June 7, 2015

Minimum wage boost no panacea
  This Opinion/Editorial was featured in Puget Sound Business Journal on November 7, 2014

The $15 minimum wage will kill jobs
The Puget Sound Business Journal published this column on June 27, 2014 

Seattle's Proposed Minimum Wage Killing Jobs
  This Opinion/Editorial was published by the National Center for Policy Analysis on May 27, 2014