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  • Lorena Gonzalez once again puts union power ahead of workers

    May 2021 ·  Michael Saltsman and Rebekah Paxton ·  Orange County Register

    Leave it to Lorena Gonzalez to name a bill the FAST Recovery Act even though it would slow the state’s economic rebound. Gonzalez, D-Organized Labor, is best known as the author of Assembly Bill 5, which gained national notoriety after it stripped countless freelancers of their incomes. Voters in 2020 delivered a resounding verdict on the law’s applicability to “gig workers,” approving the Proposition 22 ballot measure which…
  • Ending the tip credit brings pay cuts, not raises

    March 2021 ·  Rebekah Paxton ·  Washington Examiner

    Here’s a tip that restaurant workers don’t want. The Raise the Wage Act, which will likely return as a standalone bill before Congress, would eliminate the employer credit for tip income and raise the minimum wage for tipped workers to $15 an hour (a 600% increase). But for many restaurant servers and bartenders, this would actually mean taking a pay cut if they aren’t included in the hundreds of thousands…
  • Biden Destroys Restaurants to Save Them

    January 2021 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Wall Street Journal

    Abolishing the tipped minimum wage would wipe out the benefit of his Covid grants. Joe Biden proposes $15 billion in relief grants for America’s Covid-crushed businesses. But he also wants to mandate a new minimum wage that for many restaurants would wipe out the benefit and then some. Restaurants shed some six million jobs in the first two months of the pandemic. As a consequence of continued…
  • Biden Ignores Evidence on Impact of $15 Minimum Wage

    November 2020 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Morning Consult

    Asked at the most recent presidential debate about the wisdom of a $15 federal minimum wage, Joe Biden dismissed potential consequences: “There’s no evidence that when you raise the minimum wage, businesses go out of business.” As the candidate might say, that’s malarkey. The minimum wage is one of the most-studied topics in economics, with reams of research papers dating back to the creation of a federal standard in…
  • Opinion: $15 minimum wage would ruin economic recovery

    October 2020 ·  Michael Saltsman and Rebekah Paxton ·  The Detroit News

    The coronavirus pandemic left millions jobless. Instead of getting Americans back to work, Democrats propose reviving the economy by more than doubling the minimum wage. A new analysis shows why this strategy will backfire. This unprecedented increase to the minimum wage is a key component of the Raise the Wage Act, a bill that passed in the House of Representatives just last year. The components of the legislation, which were…
  • Bloomberg Joins the Unions

    February 2020 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Wall Street Journal

    His labor-policy plan could have come from Sanders or Warren. Mike Bloomberg pitches himself as a moderate, business-minded alternative to other Democrats running for president. But his plan to remake the nation’s labor laws, released earlier this month, wouldn’t be out of place in the campaign literature of Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren. Start with Mr. Bloomberg’s endorsement of a $15 minimum wage, which has already hurt the restaurant…