Oped Archive (Page 5)

  • Teens in New Jersey need jobs, not a raise

    May 2012 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  The Daily Record

    The 40 percent increase in the federal minimum wage between 2007 and 2009 priced more than 114,000 young adults out of a job. NATIONALLY, our employment numbers are slowly improving. But for young Americans looking to advance their careers and develop marketable skills, there's been little relief. Teen unemployment still stands at a daunting 24.9 percent, and has been above 20 percent for more than 40 […]
  • We’re Killing Job Opportunities, Creating Hardships

    July 2011 ·  Rick Berman ·  Washington Examiner

    A recent survey by the Britain's National Health Service found 352,000 households where no one has ever held a job. And 68 percent of the adults in those households said they don't want one. Generous unemployment benefits and welfare subsidies -- including $34.4 billion spent annually on housing, with some families receiving as much as $160,000 to maintain posh London flats -- have combined with job-killing […]
  • Minimum wage hikes contribute to teen unemployment

    July 2011 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Detroit Free Press

    I have good news for you: Your kids have plenty of time to hone their skills as amateur film critics. They’ll be free to check out the latest mainstream and art house offerings like “Cowboys and Aliens” and “Midnight in Paris.” Perhaps their studies will inspire them to become amateur filmmakers, like the teenage tyros in “Super 8.” The bad news is that they’ll only be […]
  • Who Really Makes the Minimum Wage?

    April 2011 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Northwest Indiana Times

    Indiana and Illinois share a border, but the similarities between the two end there. While the Illinois Legislature considers taxes and mandates, Indiana's has focused on making the state more business-friendly. For instance, legislators in Springfield have tried to raise Illinois' minimum wage to $10 an hour or more; in Indianapolis, legislation has advanced that would prohibit individual cities and counties from mandating a minimum higher […]
  • Raising A Touchy Subject

    March 2011 ·  Michael Saltsman · 

    If I told you that a particular public policy would lead to increases in unemployment among the least skilled workers, and do nothing to alleviate poverty, you'd probably call that policy "anti-worker," and for good reason. Yet these facts have been ignored in Missouri when it comes to the minimum wage. Despite reams of research showing that increases to the mandated wage result in the negative […]
  • Only Thing ‘Living Wage’ Raises Is Unemployment, Especially Among Teens

    February 2011 ·  Michael Saltsman ·  Washington Examiner

    An organization called Respect DC has called for retail giant Wal-Mart to pay its employees a “living wage” if they want to locate in the District. Our neighbors to the north of Eastern Avenue have gone a step further; a coalition of labor unions and advocacy groups have launched a “Raise Maryland” campaign to convince that state’s legislature to create a statewide minimum of “living wage” […]