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Minimum wages – My life in fast food

My first minimum wage job in a pizza restaurant at the age of 16 taught me the most basic, important skill of all: getting my behind out of bed in the morning. And it showed me the freedom that came from earning my own money. These are things that you carry with you for the rest of your working life. By ignoring economics and passing harmful minimum wage hikes, we are denying these lessons to young, lower skilled workers....

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A $15ph minimum wage would hit St. Paul Parks and Rec hardest

There is a persistent notion among supporters of minimum wage hikes that they represent a ‘free lunch’. They argue that big businesses, awash with cash, are paying their workers less than a ‘living wage’. All a minimum wage hike will do, they say, is switch money from rich capitalists who already have enough to poor workers who don’t. We've seen, on the contrary, that it will be St. Paul's smaller businesses who will be most harmed. And now we see that the city government will get hit. Get ready for them to dig a little deeper into your pocket....

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New employment data shows that Minnesota has the second highest unemployment rate in the region

Today sees the release by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of its estimates of Metropolitan Area Employment and Unemployment. These can be a useful way to compare economic performance. Minnesota’s economy differs from those of neighbors such as Iowa and North Dakota, even Wisconsin. As a result, comparisons of state level data are of limited use. This variation, while still present, is a little less pronounced between urban areas. So what did the BLS data show?...

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The EPI does it again, distorting the records of Minnesota and Wisconsin on labor force participation

In its new report, the Economic Policy Institute claims that Minnesota's performance in labor force participation rates since Gov. Dayton took office vindicates Big Government policies. It can only say this by misrepresenting the facts which show that Wisconsin has done better on this measure under Gov. Walker. ...

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The Economic Policy Institute’s report distorts the records on unemployment of Governors Dayton and Walker

Wisconsin's Gov. Walker inherited an unemployment rate of 8.1% in January 2011, and our own Gov. Dayton inherited one of 7.1%. Since then, Wisconsin's unemployment rate has fallen by 5.2 percentage points and Minnesota's has fallen by 3.9. The reduction in the unemployment rate has been faster in Wisconsin under Gov. Walker than it has in Minnesota under Gov. Dayton. But a new report by the Economic Policy Institutes misrepresents these facts....

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