SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

Opinion

March 8, 2014

Column: Lift the employment floor

(Continued)

Over the past two decades a number of careful economic studies have compared states or counties with higher and lower minimum wage rates. Minimum wage increases reduce poverty, and have small or no impacts on overall employment. Some studies have found small price increases, particularly in minimum wage intensive industries. Paying a fair wage to the person who cooks at a restaurant may mean paying a few cents more for a hamburger. It’s worth it.

A minimum wage increase won’t solve all of our economic problems, but it will improve the economic lives of hundreds of thousands of people in Massachusetts, who are among the hardest hit by an economy in which the rewards of growth have flowed overwhelmingly to those at the top.

It will also send a message: In Massachusetts we value hard work and want an economy that rewards everyone who works hard.

Randy Albelda is professor of economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston and Noah Berger is president of the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Opinion

AP Video
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Comments Tracker
Roll Call
Helium debate
Helium