Back when I worked for the Obama administration, I remember a depressing meeting our econ team had, circa late 2010, after the Tea Party came to town and pretty much shut down the Congress as far as policies to boost the still-weak recovery. The point of the meeting was to come up with policy ideas… Read more
Over at WaPo, but I realized this AM that it would be interesting to look at the trend in real manufacturing wages for blue collar workers in Michigan. While the national real wage has been flat, that of MI has fallen steeply. Nothing you wouldn’t know if you follow this sort of thing, but if… Read more
If I told you about a new bill allegedly designed to “improve” the minimum wage, you’d probably envision it raising the wage floor, or maybe expanding coverage so that the minimum reaches more low-wage workers, right? You probably wouldn’t jump to “…amend the Fair Labor Standards Act of 1938 to permit the Government of Puerto… Read more
Economist Harry Holzer pinged me yesterday re this piece by Ben Spielberg and me on the dust up in Birmingham, AL around their local minimum wage. Harry felt we gave much too short shrift to the the research showing job loss impacts from minimum wage increases. So, him being a reasonable guy, and me being the… Read more
The city council acted in the interest of low-wage workers, long left out of this and past economic expansions. Now the state legislature’s moving in to shut them down. Over at WaPo, with Ben S.