Oped Archive (Page 69 )

  • Free Lunch In Calif. Will Relegate Many to the Bread Lines

    October 2004 ·  Dr. Aaron Yelowitz ·  Investor's Business Daily

    A ticking time bomb threatens to devastate the state of California. Powerful special interests watch impatiently as their plan nears fruition, while most everyone else goes about their business, unaware of the impending meltdown. This isn’t a Hollywood B-movie script. Proposition 72 is poised to blast a hole through California’s economy. If it passes on election day, Proposition 72 will force every California business with 20 or…
  • Increasing lowest wages harms poor

    September 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Los Angeles Daily News

    “One thing I learned about America,” Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger told the Republican National Convention last week, “is that if you work hard and play by the rules, this country is truly open to you. You can achieve anything.” Schwarzenegger should keep those words in mind as he considers a bill – now sitting on his desk – to increase California’s minimum wage to $7.75 an hour. The…
  • Better Ways to Help Those Earning Little

    September 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    The annual Labor Day lament that minimum wage employees have gone too long without a pay hike misses a crucial reality: low-wage earners don’t need federal legislation to get a raise. Through hard work, improving their skills and demonstrating their value to employers, the majority of minimum wage employees quickly earn their own pay increases. Nearly two-thirds of minimum wage earners who remain in the work force…
  • Making More Pays Less

    July 2004 ·  Richard V. Burkhauser ·  New York Times

    Ithaca — ALL of us can agree that people who play by the rules and work hard should not live in poverty. On the surface, it would seem that raising the minimum wage paid to workers would help them out. But statistics tell a different story, one that should be considered by state legislators who plan to consider whether to raise the minimum wage in New York…
  • Hurting poor in name of helping them

    May 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  The Orange County Register

    A minimum wage hike is wending its way through the Assembly, and it’s a whopper. There’s hope that sanity will prevail in Sacramento, as it did in March in New Hampshire, where legislators had the good sense to kill a similar effort. If it doesn’t, many low-skilled workers may not last at their jobs long enough to see their wages increase, or be able to find jobs…
  • Affleck is ‘Dazed and Confused’ over Kennedy’s minimum-wage bill

    May 2004 ·  Craig Garthwaite ·  The Hill

    The clash over increasing the minimum wage has begun. In one corner stands noted labor economist Ben Affleck, whose credits include such films as “Dazed and Confused.” In the other, Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan. In 2001, Greenspan told Congress that a minimum-wage increase would destroy jobs. The evidence on that, he said, is overwhelming. In the three intervening years, America has experienced a soft economy and…