Unintended consequences

Unintended consequences

Cry Wolf Quotes

Maryland legislators’ good intentions do not change the fact that living wages result in job loss, particularly among the less skilled and less educated.

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Jenkins, Jill, Employment Policy Institute.
09/28/2007 | Full Details | Law(s): Living Wage

By forcing employers to pay higher wages for entry-level jobs, Boston's City Council is also encouraging them to only hire applicants with the skill levels needed to match those wages. No amount of political grandstanding is going to repeal that economic law.

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Richard Berman, letter to the Washington Times.
08/16/1997 | Full Details | Law(s): Living Wage

So when businesses are already looking for opportunities over the rivers and past the bay, what does our Senate do? It decides to insist that business provide paid time off for family leave...There is a reason that only two states have enacted this legislation. It is because states do not want to lose the businesses that make up the backbone of their budgets. New Jersey senators don't care because this is other people's money anyway. They can stand and pontificate over how they are helping people while those same citizens' employers say ... goodbye.

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Dennis, blogging at NJ Tax Revolution blog, The Newark Star-Ledger

Unfortunately, living wage laws may have an unintended consequence of causing low-wage workers to be replaced by higher skilled, more educated workers. Living wage ordinances hit hardest at new entrants to the labor force.

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Petition Opposing Living Wage Ordinance, Palm Beach County, Florida. Signed by groups including Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; Chamber of Commerce of the Palm Beaches; Northern Palm Beaches Chamber of Commerce; Greater Delray Beach Chamber of Commerce; Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Palm Beach County, Inc.; Palm Beach County Hotel & Lodging Association; Florida Retail Federation; Florida Chamber of Commerce; Boynton Beach Chamber of Commerce; Jupiter Tequesta Juno Beach Chamber of Commerce; Sugar Cane Growers Co-Op; Palms West Chamber of Commerce.
10/02/2002 | Full Details | Law(s): Living Wage