Thursday, March 09, 2006

Advice for Sue Bradford et al.

I will be e-mailing the following article to Sue Bradford. It is easy to understand and draws on factual evidence.

MINIMUM WAGE, MINIMUM SENSE

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

After humiliation at the polls in November, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger now advocates raising the state minimum wage from its current $6.75 an hour to $7.75 by July 2007, says David Henderson of the Hoover Institution. While Democrats support the idea of helping poorer families, researchers claim artificial wage rates adversely affect lower income people.

Consider the findings of various economists:

* Only 20 percent of the workers potentially affected by an earlier one dollar increase in California's minimum wage were supporting a family on a single minimum-wage income. The other 80 percent were teenagers or adult children living with their parents, adults living alone or dual earners in a married couple.
* Increases in minimum wages actually redistribute income among poor families by giving wage increases to some and putting others out of work. They estimate the 1996 and 1997 federal minimum-wage increase amplified the proportion of poor families by one-half to one percentage point.
* People in their late 20s worked less and earned less the longer they were exposed to a high minimum wage, presumably because the minimum wage destroyed job opportunities early in their work life.

Also:

* A comprehensive survey of studies of the minimum-wage increase found that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage reduces employment of young workers by one percent to two percent.
* If this estimate holds for California, Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed 15 percent increase would destroy 1.5 to 3 percent of young Californians' jobs -- about 35,000 to 70,000 jobs.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

When you have an idiology, facts do not matter. You are wasting both of your time.

James said...

Yes...on planet Socialist wishing makes it so...;-)

Gekko said...

Hey anonymous
So what are the 'facts' then? Or is the fact that a free lunch really truly is possible since no adverse effects could possibly occur with minimum wage increases?

Gary said...

Ah! Just what the left want! More of the population reliant on them for benefits!

Anonymous said...

gekko - you're a libertarian and you believe in the "fact that a free lunch really truly is possible"?

There is nothing I can say to you thast would not be wasting my time.

Honestly.