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Advocates of minimum wage hikes are living in a fantasy world

Advocates of minimum wage hikes all too often live in a fantasy world where employers are vast corporations whose owners and managers are swimming in piles of cash while paying their workers a pittance. The truth is very different and, as the example of Saint Paul shows, the people who would be hit hard would be smaller businesses. This is the reality. ...

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Prevailing wage laws freeze less skilled workers out of labor markets, just like minimum wage laws

The employment-participation rate for 16- to 19-year-olds in Minnesota fell from 69.8 percent in 2000 to 52.3 percent in 2016, a decline of 17.5 percentage points. Unemployment rates for black and Hispanic workers in Minnesota continue to be above those for whites. To a large extent, these are the results of policy decisions, such as prevailing and minimum wage laws. Politicians should stop scratching their heads wondering where these problems come from, and act to solve them. ...

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Mayor Carter should stop squandering political capital on his harmful minimum wage policy, and get serious about tackling crime in St. Paul

One of the first things we expect from government is to protect us from violence. A government that can’t or won’t fulfill that basic function isn’t worth bothering with. Like any politician, Mayor Carter only has so much political capital. For the good of the city’s residents, he should spend less of it on harmful policies like minimum wage hikes, and more on making the city safer....

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