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democratic legislature should fight for real minimum wage increase


commentary: with less than a week left in the 2017 legislative session, it looks like new mexico’s working families may again be left to fight for crumbs. despite the introduction of two living wage bills that would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour or more, new mexico’s poorest workers will likely have to settle for much less.courtesy photoeric griegomore troubling, a deal for a slight increase in the minimum wage may come at the expense of local governments being prohibited from increasing working conditions at the local level in the future.a 2014 poll commissioned by the albuquerque journal showed that 68 percent of new mexicans support a minimum wage increase, with 36 percent supporting an increase to $10 an hour or more.two current bills would do just that: hb27, sponsored by






‘i do not support a livable wage’


during her debate with democratic candidate jon ossoff for the georgia congressional seat vacated by now-health secretary tom price, republican candidate karen handel stated that she does not “support a livable wage.”when asked if she supports a minimum wage increase, handel responded by saying “this is an example of the fundamental difference between a liberal and a conservative.”“i do not support a livable wage,” handel continued. “what i support is making sure that we have an economy that is robust, with low taxes, and less regulation” on small businesses that would be “dramatically hurt” by the imposition of a higher minimum wage.watch handel’s and ossoff’s responses to the minimum wage question below, via atlanta’s wsb-tv.






here's how construction worker pay is dominating california's housing debate


the union representing construction workers, state building & construction trades council of california, also known as the building trades, is the most powerful group influencing the legislature’s response to the housing crisis. it has worked to make sure union-level pay, known as “prevailing wage,” is a consideration in any major housing bills.here’s how prevailing wage works, how labor’s been so influential and why prevailing wage is so important in the housing debate.what’s a prevailing wage?the definition of prevailing wage is simple, but that’s where the simplicity of the issue ends.the prevailing wage is the predominant wage for construction work in a region. for example, the most common wage earned by plumbers in the bay area is the prevailing wage for plumbers there. the same metho






that new seattle study is a big problem for fans of a higher minimum wage — or i


no two ways about it: the university of washington’s new study of the jobs effect of seattle’s higher minimum wage spells trouble for supporters of minimum wage increases.that’s not merely because the study released monday found a steep reduction in jobs and income among the city’s lowest-paid workers following the minimum wage raise to $13 an hour in january 2016, on its way to a nation-leading $15 for most employers within four years. it also found a strong increase in employment of workers earning more than $19 an hour. in the restaurant sector, for instance, the study found a 10.7% reduction in jobs paying less than $19, but no overall change in employment, implying that jobs paying more than $19 increased by 20%.as my colleague natalie kitroeff observes, the findings are likely to cau






that new seattle study is a big problem for fans of a higher minimum wage — or i


no two ways about it: the university of washington’s new study of the jobs effect of seattle’s higher minimum wage spells trouble for supporters of minimum wage increases.that’s not merely because the study released monday found a steep reduction in jobs and income among the city’s lowest-paid workers following the minimum wage raise to $13 an hour in january 2016, on its way to a nation-leading $15 for most employers within four years. it also found a strong increase in employment of workers earning more than $19 an hour. in the restaurant sector, for instance, the study found a 10.7% reduction in jobs paying less than $19, but no overall change in employment, implying that jobs paying more than $19 increased by 20%.as my colleague natalie kitroeff observes, the findings are likely to cau






that new seattle study is a big problem for fans of a higher minimum wage — or i


no two ways about it: the university of washington’s new study of the jobs effect of seattle’s higher minimum wage spells trouble for supporters of minimum wage increases.that’s not merely because the study released monday found a steep reduction in jobs and income among the city’s lowest-paid workers following the minimum wage raise to $13 an hour in january 2016, on its way to a nation-leading $15 for most employers within four years. it also found a strong increase in employment of workers earning more than $19 an hour. in the restaurant sector, for instance, the study found a 10.7% reduction in jobs paying less than $19, but no overall change in employment, implying that jobs paying more than $19 increased by 20%.as my colleague natalie kitroeff observes, the findings are likely to cau






that new seattle study is a big problem for fans of a higher minimum wage — or i


no two ways about it: the university of washington’s new study of the jobs effect of seattle’s higher minimum wage spells trouble for supporters of minimum wage increases.that’s not merely because the study released monday found a steep reduction in jobs and income among the city’s lowest-paid workers following the minimum wage raise to $13 an hour in january 2016, on its way to a nation-leading $15 for most employers within four years. it also found a strong increase in employment of workers earning more than $19 an hour. in the restaurant sector, for instance, the study found a 10.7% reduction in jobs paying less than $19, but no overall change in employment, implying that jobs paying more than $19 increased by 20%.as my colleague natalie kitroeff observes, the findings are likely to cau






senate oks minimum wage hike to $9 an hour


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state senate voted wednesday to raise the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9 an hour over the next 13 months.the legislation may represent the best chance in several years to raise the minimum wage. the senate approved the bill in a 24-6 bipartisan vote. the measure also has the support of the greater albuquerque chamber of commerce, which in the past has fought minimum wage hikes, and the american federation of state, county and municipal employees.senate bill 386, sponsored by sen. clemente sanchez, d-grants, would increase the hourly minimum wage to $8.25 in october, then to $9 in april 2018.the bill also would allow employers to have an $8 training wage for employees for 60 days, which would go






senate oks minimum wage hike to $9 an hour


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the state senate voted wednesday to raise the statewide minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $9 an hour over the next 13 months.the legislation may represent the best chance in several years to raise the minimum wage. the senate approved the bill in a 24-6 bipartisan vote. the measure also has the support of the greater albuquerque chamber of commerce, which in the past has fought minimum wage hikes, and the american federation of state, county and municipal employees.senate bill 386, sponsored by sen. clemente sanchez, d-grants, would increase the hourly minimum wage to $8.25 in october, then to $9 in april 2018.the bill also would allow employers to have an $8 training wage for employees for 60 days, which would go






seattle study shows low-wage jobs declined with city minimum wage hike


as the minneapolis city council prepares to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance this week, a new study on the effects of a similar ordinance in seattle is raising questions nationwide about whether big wage hikes ultimately hurt the workers they’re supposed to help.the university of washington study found the number of low-wage jobs — and hours available to workers in those jobs — dropped in seattle when the minimum wage rose to $13 in 2016. as a result, low-wage employees earned $125 a month less on average than they did before the wage increase.“i think this is new information and we need to pay attention to it,” said council member elizabeth glidden, the chief author of the minneapolis ordinance, “but also be careful that we put it within a context of other reports and information that’s






seattle study shows low-wage jobs declined with city minimum wage hike


as the minneapolis city council prepares to pass a $15 minimum wage ordinance this week, a new study on the effects of a similar ordinance in seattle is raising questions nationwide about whether big wage hikes ultimately hurt the workers they're supposed to help.the university of washington study found the number of low-wage jobs — and hours available to workers in those jobs — dropped in seattle when the minimum wage rose to $13 in 2016. as a result, low-wage employees earned $125 a month less on average than they did before the wage increase."i think this is new information and we need to pay attention to it," said council member elizabeth glidden, the chief author of the minneapolis ordinance, "but also be careful that we put it within a context of other reports and information that's






'zero real wage growth' forecast for 2018


image copyrightgetty imagesthe uk's pay squeeze will end next year, but a meaningful rise in wages remains out of sight, an influential research group has warned. the resolution foundation, which campaigns for fair pay, predicted inflation would no longer outpace wage growth by the end of 2018.but it said real wage growth would still be flat and that many households were pessimistic about their finances. the treasury said it was "helping families to earn more".the office of budgetary responsibility (obr), the government's economic watchdog, projects that when the full figures for 2017 are confirmed they will show that wages have fallen by 0.4% in real terms as inflation has soared to more than 3%.the squeeze, caused by the fall in the pound since the brexit vote, has contributed to weaker






'zero real wage growth' forecast for 2018


image copyrightgetty images the uk's pay squeeze will end next year, but a meaningful pay rise remains out of sight, an influential research group has warned. the resolution foundation, which campaigns for fair pay, predicted inflation would no longer outpace wage growth by the end of 2018.but it said real wage growth would still be flat and that many households were pessimistic about their finances. the treasury said it was "helping families to earn more".the office of budgetary responsibility (obr) projects that when the full figures for 2017 are confirmed they will show that wages fall by 0.4% in real terms as inflation has soared to more than 3%.the squeeze, caused by the fall in the pound since the brexit vote, has contributed to weaker consumer spending and a slowdown in the housing






another bill to raise minimum wage goes to governor


heath haussamen / nmpolitics.neta statue outside the roundhouse in santa fe.the senate on friday sent another minimum wage bill to the governor. it approved house bill 442, which would increase the state’s minimum wage to $9.25 an hour, up from $7.50 per hour.“hardworking new mexicans deserve a fair wage that will give their families an opportunity to succeed,” said rep. debbie rodella, d-española, a co-sponsor of the bill. “no one working 40 hours a week should be struggling to put food on the table.”advertisementa day earlier the house approved senate bill 386, sponsored by sen. clemente sanchez, d-grants. that bill would raise the hourly minimum wage to $8.25 in october, then to $9 in april 2018. beginning in october, it also would allow employers to pay an $8 training wage for 60 days.






minneapolis council approves $15 an hour minimum wage


minneapolis — the minneapolis city council has overwhelmingly approved raising the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next few years.the council voted 11-1 on friday to raise the minimum wage. for large businesses with 100 or more employees, the higher wage will be phased in over five years. the higher wage will be phased in for smaller businesses over seven years. the $15 minimum wage will be fully implemented citywide by 2024.council member blong yang cast the lone dissenting vote. yang said he was worried the ordinance might hurt his constituents in north minneapolis.supporters of the wage increase packed the council chambers and cheered after the vote.minneapolis joins seattle, san francisco and washington, d.c., among other cities that have approved similar measures in recent






$15 minimum wage on track for minneapolis? what you should know


the minneapolis city council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on friday, asking staff to finalize a draft ordinance that would make minneapolis the latest in a series of major u.s. cities to dramatically raise their minimum wage.here’s a quick primer on the issue:q: what’s happening with the minimum wage in minneapolis?a: the city council is working on an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and should vote on the ordinance before the end of june.q: will it pass?a: it looks like it. a majority of the council has said they support a $15 minimum wage, with no tip credit. certainly nobody has come out strongly against those things, and the council passed a motion friday asking staff to write an ordinance that raises the wage to $15, without a tip credit.q






$15 minimum wage on track for minneapolis? what you should know


the minneapolis city council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on friday, asking staff to finalize a draft ordinance that would make minneapolis the latest in a series of major u.s. cities to dramatically raise their minimum wage.here’s a quick primer on the issue:q: what’s happening with the minimum wage in minneapolis?a: the city council is working on an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and should vote on the ordinance before the end of june.q: will it pass?a: it looks like it. a majority of the council has said they support a $15 minimum wage, with no tip credit. certainly nobody has come out strongly against those things, and the council passed a motion friday asking staff to write an ordinance that raises the wage to $15, without a tip credit.q






what's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? no one knows just yet


in restaurants and garden centers, bookshops and corner stores, hundreds of minneapolis business owners are trying to predict how a $15 minimum wage would affect their operations and the thousands of workers they employ.but as the city council pushes this month toward establishing a $15 minimum wage by 2022, there’s uncertainty how such a policy would play out. no other city nationwide has a minimum wage that high — yet.several cities have passed wage ordinances similar to what minneapolis leaders are considering, but they are phasing the increase in gradually. san francisco won’t apply its $15 minimum wage to all businesses until 2018. in seattle, many businesses have until 2021 to comply. other places, including california and new york city, are also phasing in the wage increase over tim






what's the effect of a $15 minimum wage? no one knows just yet


in restaurants and garden centers, bookshops and corner stores, hundreds of minneapolis business owners are trying to predict how a $15 minimum wage would affect their operations and the thousands of workers they employ.but as the city council pushes this month toward establishing a $15 minimum wage by 2022, there’s uncertainty how such a policy would play out. no other city nationwide has a minimum wage that high — yet.several cities have passed wage ordinances similar to what minneapolis leaders are considering, but they are phasing the increase in gradually. san francisco won’t apply its $15 minimum wage to all businesses until 2018. in seattle, many businesses have until 2021 to comply. other places, including california and new york city, are also phasing in the wage increase over tim






tipped workers in minneapolis deserve a fair minimum wage, too


i have worked in minneapolis restaurants for a decade now. i’ve worked on the service side of counter service, full-service fine dining, fast casual; i’ve washed dishes, been a prep cook, and managed a front-of-house staff. i know that restaurants are hard businesses to run and that profit margins are small. i also know that many folks in the restaurant industry here in minneapolis care about people; that’s why they do what they do. they believe in their businesses and they believe in the power of breaking bread together, of hospitality; they believe in people.for most of the decade that i’ve worked in restaurants, i have been a minimum-wage earner. the food-service industry is one of the largest employers of minimum-wage earners in minneapolis. a $15 minimum wage will benefit the people w






what's happening with the minimum wage in minneapolis?


the minneapolis city council laid out the basics of a minimum wage ordinance on friday, asking staff to finalize a draft ordinance that would make minneapolis the latest in a series of major u.s. cities to dramatically raise their minimum wage.here's a quick primer on the issue:q: what's happening with the minimum wage in minneapolis?a: the city council is working on an ordinance that would raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and should vote on the ordinance before the end of june.q: will it pass?a: it looks like it. a majority of the council has said they support a $15 minimum wage, with no tip credit. certainly nobody has come out strongly against those things, and the council passed a motion friday asking staff to write an ordinance that raises the wage to $15, without a tip credit.q






real liberals wouldn’t be so defensive about uw minimum-wage research


seattle city leaders and others are attacking a study that shows potential problems with the $15 minimum wage, rather than learning from it. this, in a nutshell, is why politics is broken — nobody wants to hear it.“bad news for liberals.” that was how one national news outlet summed up the finding this week that seattle’s bold experiment in a $15 minimum wage isn’t working out quite as planned. university of washington researchers found that forcing wages higher and faster could be hurting the very people it was most supposed to help: the lowest-wage, least-skilled workers.but the bad news doesn’t have to be either final or fatal. not if liberals can get out of their defensive crouches and actually be liberal — that is, open to new information that may not square with the program.most read






silicon valley, not willing to wait, forges ahead on boosting minimum wage


san francisco—proponents of a $15 minimum wage have found fertile territory in silicon valley, where the region’s booming technology industry is credited for helping drive soaring housing prices and a sizable income gap.california is on track for a $15 minimum wage by 2022, but some silicon valley cities are opting to hit that target faster, prodded by a campaign aimed at organizing low-wage workers in the region.the city of...






voluntary living wage rate rise to boost 150,000 uk staff


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption around 3,600 firms pay the voluntary living wage more than 150,000 workers whose firms are signed up to the voluntary living wage rate are set to get a pay rise.the voluntary rate, promoted by the living wage foundation campaign group, is to rise by 30p an hour to £8.75. for those living in london, the rate will rise by 45p to £10.20 an hour.about 3,600 firms are signed up to the scheme, including ikea and google.it is separate from the government's compulsory national minimum wage (nmw) and the national living wage (nlw).the national living wage, which was introduced in april last year for workers aged 25 and above, is currently set at £7.50 an hour. those under 25, are still paid the lower national minimum wage. living wage foundation director kat






voluntary living wage rate rise to boost 150,000 uk staff


image copyrightgetty imagesimage caption around 3,600 firms pay the voluntary living wage more than 150,000 workers whose firms are signed up to the voluntary living wage rate are set to get a pay rise.the voluntary rate, promoted by the living wage foundation campaign group, is to rise by 30p an hour to £8.75. for those living in london, the rate will rise by 45p to £10.20 an hour.about 3,600 firms are signed up to the scheme, including ikea and google.it is separate from the government's compulsory national minimum wage (nmw) and the national living wage (nlw).the national living wage, which was introduced in april last year for workers aged 25 and above, is currently set at £7.50 an hour. those under 25, are still paid the lower national minimum wage. living wage foundation director kat






milpitas letters to the editor for the week of feb. 24: – the mercury news


minimum wage and povertydear editor,the state of california department of industrial relations shows the minimum wage began in 1916. it was 16 cents per hour. since then it has been raised 26 times. the u.s. census bureau statistics on the poverty rate shows that for california, the poverty rate cycles from 12 to 18 percent on about a 14-year period. it is currently 14 percent.there is no correlation of the poverty rate to the minimum wage. raising the minimum wage does not help those in poverty. if the minimum wage increases, the cost of food increases. and for low-income people the cost of food is a large fraction of their cost of living. so, they do not benefit. the subtlety is “poverty” as defined by the u.s. census bureau is based on income. it is those minimum wage workers.now, milpi






minneapolis council members to discuss $15 minimum wage today


minneapolis leaders pushing for a $15 minimum wage are expected to refine the ordinance in a committee meeting wednesday, setting it up for approval by the full city council later this week.if approved, the wage hike would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city. low-wage workers, business owners and activists have weighed in at more than a dozen city listening sessions over the last year and packed the city council chambers for a hearing last week.as proposed, the ordinance would require all business to pay workers a $15 minimum wage by july 1, 2022. it includes a lower “training wage” for younger workers starting jobs, but it does not allow employers to count tips as wages. some details, including the phase-in schedule, are likely to change before the counc






$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to minneapolis city hall


hundreds of low-wage workers, business owners and activists descended on minneapolis city hall thursday to testify about the proposed $15 minimum wage, packing the council chambers as demonstrators supporting the wage hike chanted and beat drums just outside the door.the hearing was the last chance for the public to weigh in on the minimum wage proposal, which has become a high-profile issue at city hall, in the minneapolis business community and on the campaign trail as a progressive field of council and mayoral hopefuls race toward election day in november.the debate has been less about whether the minimum wage should increase than about how, and when. local activists connected to the national organization 15 now have pushed for a $15 minimum wage for all workers, as soon as possible. th






new bill for $15 minimum wage in illinois reopens wage fight


"we need to set an example," hamilton said. "let's not be the last."[email protected] @alexiaer






new illinois $15 minimum wage bill reopens wage fight


"we need to set an example," hamilton said. "let's not be the last."[email protected] @alexiaer






$15 minimum wage plan draws crowd to minneapolis city hall


hundreds of low-wage workers, business owners and activists descended on minneapolis city hall thursday to testify about the proposed $15 minimum wage, packing the council chambers as demonstrators supporting the wage hike chanted and beat drums just outside the door.the hearing was the last chance for the public to weigh in on the minimum wage proposal, which has become a high-profile issue at city hall, in the minneapolis business community and on the campaign trail as a progressive field of council and mayoral hopefuls race toward election day in november.the debate has been less about whether the minimum wage should increase than about how, and when. local activists connected to the national organization 15 now have pushed for a $15 minimum wage for all workers, as soon as possible. th






minneapolis council members to discuss $15 minimum wage wednesday


minneapolis leaders pushing for a $15 minimum wage are expected to refine the ordinance in a committee meeting wednesday, setting it up for approval by the full city council later this week.if approved, the wage hike would affect hundreds of businesses and thousands of workers across the city. low-wage workers, business owners and activists have weighed in at more than a dozen city listening sessions over the last year and packed the city council chambers for a hearing last week.as proposed, the ordinance would require all business to pay workers a $15 minimum wage by july 1, 2022. it includes a lower "training wage" for younger workers starting jobs, but it does not allow employers to count tips as wages. some details, including the phase-in schedule, are likely to change before the counc






new study of seattle's $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs


seattle — seattle's $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released monday that contradicted another new study published last week.a university of washington team studying the law's effects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked, the seattle times reported (https://goo.gl/g1vr64 ). for an average low-wage seattle worker, that's a loss of about $125 per month, the study said."if you're a low-skilled worker with one of those jobs, $125 a month is a sizable amount of money," said mark long, one of the authors. "it can be the difference between being able to pay your rent and not being able to pay your rent."there would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in






new study of seattle’s $15 minimum wage says it costs jobs – the denver post


seattle — seattle’s $15-an-hour minimum wage law has cost the city jobs, according to a study released monday that contradicted another new study published last week.a university of washington team studying the law’s effects found that the law has boosted pay in low-wage jobs since it took effect in 2015, but that it also caused a 9 percent reduction in hours worked, the seattle times reported (https://goo.gl/g1vr64 ). for an average low-wage seattle worker, that’s a loss of about $125 per month, the study said.“if you’re a low-skilled worker with one of those jobs, $125 a month is a sizable amount of money,” said mark long, one of the authors. “it can be the difference between being able to pay your rent and not being able to pay your rent.”there would be about 5,000 more low-wage jobs in






why wage theft is a serious problem in california


what could be worse than working for minimum wage?how about working for minimum wage and having your employer cheat you out of a big chunk of your pay? that reality is evident in newly released figures from the economic policy institute. the statistics show that low-wage workers in california lose nearly $2 billion a year to minimum wage violations committed by their employers.that equates to about $64 a week or $3,400 annually. that’s 22 percent of their earnings!if you’re slaving away at a job where your pay is that low the last thing you want to deal with is wage theft. think about it: that $64 could have bought enough groceries to last the entire week, or it could have paid for a minor car repair (i say minor because we all know that auto repairs in the neighborhood of $64 are about as






vets warn eliminating prevailing wage will cost jobs


madison, wis. — the american legion is warning republicans that eliminating the prevailing wage on state projects could cost hundreds of veterans their jobs in the construction industry.the prevailing wage law sets minimum salaries for construction workers on public projects. republican gov. scott walker has proposed wiping out the prevailing wage for state projects in the state budget. the legislature wiped out prevailing wage for local government projects in 2015.wisconsin american legion adjutant david kurtz held a news conference in the state capitol flanked by veterans on wednesday. he said veterans often turn to construction and eliminating prevailing wage could cost hundreds of them their jobs.walker spokesman tom evenson said ending prevailing wage would lower project costs, allowi






juan gabriel's palm springs compound hits the right note with a buyer


a desert retreat owned by juan gabriel, the late mexican singer-songwriter known for his ballads of love and heartbreak, has wooed a buyer in palm springs. the resort-style compound sold earlier this month for $1.637 million. set behind a corrugated metal fence, the single-story structure was previously operated as a boutique hotel. the property includes eight private suites in a total 3,500 square feet of living space.among features of note are travertine-lined showers and soaking tubs, custom furnishings and wall fireplaces in each bedroom.the master bedroom has a walk-in shower that opens to a private outdoor spa.outside, the u-shaped residence surrounds a sun deck, a swimming pool and a separate spa. elsewhere is a large parking area that fronts the quarter-acre property.gabriel, who d