For years, Washington's minimum wage
has been the highest in the country.
In a series of papers published between 1992 and 1994, David Card and Alan Krueger (both of whom were then at Princeton University; Card is now at the University of California, Berkeley) explored the effect of an increase in the minimum wage
in New Jersey on fast-food employment relative to neighboring Pennsylvania, whose minimum wage
did not increase.
Democratic proposals to increase the minimum wage
statewide have been non-starters in the Texas Legislature.
Other business benefits from raising the minimum wage
include cost savings from lower employee turnover, increased productivity and better customer satisfaction.
John Kitzhaber warned against approving a large minimum wage
increase and a paid sick leave mandate this year.
Successive governments have already made some worthwhile improvements to minimum wage
In North Dakota for example, anecdotal evidence suggests that the federal minimum wage
is largely nonbinding.
However, some unions have come out in support of increasing the minimum wage
, including the organization that represents workers at the Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM).
Meanwhile, inside the Beltway, Obama issued an executive order in February imposing his preferred minimum wage
on federal contractors--a move of rather dubious legality, as we shall see.
Following are the most commonly cited arguments against minimum wage
The minimum wage
was part of the Fair Labor Standards Act, which also established overtime pay and banned child labor.
2 ( ANI ): Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Sunday backed the proposal to equate the wages for works under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee (MNREGA) scheme with the minimum wages
prevailing in states.