Minimum Wage

Commentary

READ THE LATEST ON SB 525

$25 Hospital Minimum Wage Bill Would Boost Some Workers at Expense of Patients

When lawmakers feel they have no boundaries, as is the case in California, ideas that would have little to no chance elsewhere not only get a hearing, but become law. This explains how the mere thought of hiking the minimum wage for health care workers and support staff to $25 ...
Business & Economics

Latest State Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Workers Far More Than It Helps

2023 might be the year that California businesses, especially small ones outside of the larger cities, wish they could skip. On top of a likely economic downturn, they have also been hit with higher employee costs, as another increase in the minimum wage arrived on Jan. 1. The state minimum ...
Blog

Would You Like An Apple Pie With That? No Thanks, I Can’t Afford It

Less than two days before California’s Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act was to become law – on Jan. 1 – Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang placed a hold on the legislation, temporarily restraining the state “from implementing, enforcing, or taking any other action to effectuate Assembly ...
Business & Economics

Kerry Jackson Quoted in Associated Press on Newsom’s New Minimum Wage Increase in January

Pacific Research Institute’s, Kerry Jackson, was quoted in the Associated Press on Governor Newsom’s $15.50 per hour minimum wage increase set to take place January of 2023: The increase will impact smaller companies the most, which will see the minimum wage jump $1.50 in January. Kerry Jackson, a fellow at the ...
Blog

Biden’s Non-Plan for Fighting Inflation

In a recent survey, Americans ranked inflation as the most urgent issue facing the country.  So, our ears perked up when Pres. Biden began laying out his plan to bring down inflation in his State of the Union address.  After listening to his speech, you can’t help but think that ...
Blog

Proposed Law Would Hurt, Not Help, Fast Food Workers

Legislation in Sacramento that falls neatly into the “only in California” category is a bill that would make the state the sole arbiter of “​​industry-wide standards on wages and working conditions in the fast food industry.” The private sector seems to be losing ground nearly every day in this bluest ...
Blog

A Fundamental Misunderstanding Of … Almost Everything

An end-of-the-year tradition among reporters, commentators, and more recently laptop pundits is the compilation of legislation that becomes law with the turn of the calendar. California being California, there is never a shortage of new rules to live by. And, with a few exceptions, they are further evidence that policymakers ...
Agriculture

Read About CA’s New Pork Production Law: Regulation Without Representation

On Friday, the Supreme Court will consider cases to hear in the coming term, among them National Pork Producers Council v. Ross. Arising out of the Ninth Circuit, Ross asks a question central to our constitutional system: Leveraging its immense market power, may a single state (California) usurp Congress’s authority ...
Blog

In 2022, Will Lawmakers, Courts Respect Freedom of Californians to Work as they Choose?

Just before the pandemic struck, a new law infected California. Known as AB 5, the law upended 30 years of the freedom for people to work as independent contractors and reclassified millions as employees. The worst of legislative hubris, the law was unprincipled, exempting the politically-well-connected and clearly targeting certain ...
California

Reform Misguided Laws, Don’t Raise Minimum Wage, to Address California’s High Cost of Living

California isn’t yet finished hiking the minimum wage from the last bill that increased it to $15 an hour starting in 2023 for all businesses, and now comes another proposal to move it to $18. Imagine the response from companies struggling to keep up with current payrolls when they hear ...
Commentary

READ THE LATEST ON SB 525

$25 Hospital Minimum Wage Bill Would Boost Some Workers at Expense of Patients

When lawmakers feel they have no boundaries, as is the case in California, ideas that would have little to no chance elsewhere not only get a hearing, but become law. This explains how the mere thought of hiking the minimum wage for health care workers and support staff to $25 ...
Business & Economics

Latest State Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Workers Far More Than It Helps

2023 might be the year that California businesses, especially small ones outside of the larger cities, wish they could skip. On top of a likely economic downturn, they have also been hit with higher employee costs, as another increase in the minimum wage arrived on Jan. 1. The state minimum ...
Blog

Would You Like An Apple Pie With That? No Thanks, I Can’t Afford It

Less than two days before California’s Fast Food Accountability and Standards Recovery Act was to become law – on Jan. 1 – Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne W.L. Chang placed a hold on the legislation, temporarily restraining the state “from implementing, enforcing, or taking any other action to effectuate Assembly ...
Business & Economics

Kerry Jackson Quoted in Associated Press on Newsom’s New Minimum Wage Increase in January

Pacific Research Institute’s, Kerry Jackson, was quoted in the Associated Press on Governor Newsom’s $15.50 per hour minimum wage increase set to take place January of 2023: The increase will impact smaller companies the most, which will see the minimum wage jump $1.50 in January. Kerry Jackson, a fellow at the ...
Blog

Biden’s Non-Plan for Fighting Inflation

In a recent survey, Americans ranked inflation as the most urgent issue facing the country.  So, our ears perked up when Pres. Biden began laying out his plan to bring down inflation in his State of the Union address.  After listening to his speech, you can’t help but think that ...
Blog

Proposed Law Would Hurt, Not Help, Fast Food Workers

Legislation in Sacramento that falls neatly into the “only in California” category is a bill that would make the state the sole arbiter of “​​industry-wide standards on wages and working conditions in the fast food industry.” The private sector seems to be losing ground nearly every day in this bluest ...
Blog

A Fundamental Misunderstanding Of … Almost Everything

An end-of-the-year tradition among reporters, commentators, and more recently laptop pundits is the compilation of legislation that becomes law with the turn of the calendar. California being California, there is never a shortage of new rules to live by. And, with a few exceptions, they are further evidence that policymakers ...
Agriculture

Read About CA’s New Pork Production Law: Regulation Without Representation

On Friday, the Supreme Court will consider cases to hear in the coming term, among them National Pork Producers Council v. Ross. Arising out of the Ninth Circuit, Ross asks a question central to our constitutional system: Leveraging its immense market power, may a single state (California) usurp Congress’s authority ...
Blog

In 2022, Will Lawmakers, Courts Respect Freedom of Californians to Work as they Choose?

Just before the pandemic struck, a new law infected California. Known as AB 5, the law upended 30 years of the freedom for people to work as independent contractors and reclassified millions as employees. The worst of legislative hubris, the law was unprincipled, exempting the politically-well-connected and clearly targeting certain ...
California

Reform Misguided Laws, Don’t Raise Minimum Wage, to Address California’s High Cost of Living

California isn’t yet finished hiking the minimum wage from the last bill that increased it to $15 an hour starting in 2023 for all businesses, and now comes another proposal to move it to $18. Imagine the response from companies struggling to keep up with current payrolls when they hear ...
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