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March 22, 2006 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for March 22, 2006. If you work, then you shouldn’t be poor Guided by the sentiment that if you work you shouldn’t be poor, lawmakers in the 1990s made improvements in two policies that, taken together, ensured that full-time, year-round work would provide an income at or above the poverty line. Raising the minimum wage from $4.25 to $5.15 in 1996-97 directly improved the wages of 9% of the workforce—almost 10 million workers—and indirectly raised the wages of millions more low-wage workers.
Job Slayers or Fact Slayers? The Wall Street Journal’s flawed argument against raising the minimum wage
September 13, 2005 | By Jeff Chapman | CommentaryOpinion pieces and speeches by EPI staff and associates. [POSTED TO VIEWPOINTS ON SEPTEMBER 13, 2005.] Job Slayers or Fact Slayers? The Wall Street Journal’s flawed argument against raising the minimum wage By Jeff Chapman A recent Wall Street Journal lead editorial (“Job Slayers,” August 27, 2005) retreads the worn and discredited argument that raising the state or federal minimum wage significantly decreases job opportunities for low-wage workers.
March 2, 2005 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for March 2, 2005 Comparing the minimum wage proposals A new poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center shows that Americans overwhelmingly support an increase in the minimum wage: 82% said it was an important priority and only 6% opposed an increase.
February 10, 2005 | By Jeff Chapman | OtherOpinion pieces and speeches by EPI staff and associates. [ THIS TESTIMONY WAS PRESENTED BEFORE THE FINANCE COMMITTEE OF THE MARYLAND STATE SENATE ON FEBRUARY 10, 2005.
December 1, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for December 1, 2004. State minimum wages on the move The president and Congress are poised to beat a disgraceful record currently held by their predecessors of the 1980s—eight years without raising the minimum wage.
July 19, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for July 19, 2004 Higher minimum wage most helps low-earning households Because payment of the minimum wage is not formally tied to total family income, some opponents of the policy raise concerns that it is poorly targeted, that is, some who benefit from the increase don’t actually need a raise.
May 12, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for May 12, 2004. Jobs shift away from industries that provide health insurance to their workers In the three years since the beginning of the recession, jobs have shifted from industries that are more likely to provide health coverage to their workers to industries that are less likely to provide health coverage.
May 11, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Briefing PaperCongress, a number of states, and even some cities will raise or consider raising minimum wages this year. Meanwhile, the economy is suffering what may prove to be the fourth consecutive year of a geographically widespread labor market slump, with most states facing uncertain economic situations.
May 5, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for May 5, 2004. The minimum wage and Earned Income Tax Credit: Partners in making work pay The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), one of the most substantial and popular federal anti-poverty programs, is an important piece of the ongoing strategy to make work pay, but its effectiveness in raising the incomes of the working poor above the poverty line depends in part on regular increases in the minimum wage.
April 27, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for April 28, 2004. A long-overdue increase in the minimum wage is needed to restore lost ground The federal minimum wage protects low-wage workers by establishing an hourly wage floor and strengthens the economy by increasing consumers’ purchasing power. Because the minimum wage is not indexed with inflation, its value erodes each year that the government fails to act, making it more difficult for low-wage workers to make ends meet.
January 28, 2004 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSee Snapshots Archive. Snapshot for January 21, 2004. Jobs shift from higher-paying to lower-paying industries In 48 of the 50 states, jobs in higher-paying industries have given way to jobs in lower-paying industries since the recession ended in November 2001 (see map).
October 8, 2003 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSnapshot for October 1, 2003. Earnings decline as unemployment continues to rise among working families While the rising unemployment rate since the recession began in March 2001 is an important indicator of labor market weakness, it does not tell us how many families have experienced extended periods of unemployment over the course of a year.
June 11, 2003 | By Jeff Chapman | Issue BriefStates move on minimum wage Federal inaction forces states to raise wage floor to protect low-wage workers by Jeff Chapman The president and Congress are poised to beat an embarrassing record currently held by their predecessors of the 1980s—eight years without raising the minimum wage.
April 21, 2003 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotSnapshot for February 26, 2003. Making the minimum wage work Since 1981, Congress has failed to make regular moderate increases in the minimum wage as it had for the first four decades of the policy.
April 21, 2003 | By Jeff Chapman | Economic SnapshotA weekly presentation of downloadable charts and short analyses designed to graphically illustrate important economic issues. Updated every Wednesday. Snapshot for March 19, 2003.