Economic Standard: Hero Pay Laws Exacerbate Food Deserts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says there are 13.7 million Americans with limited access to healthful and affordable food – a severe problem that is being exacerbated by legislative and regulatory policies that are raising consumer prices and increasing labor costs forcing some grocery stores to close their doors for good. Government regulations that require wage […]

Town Hall: Hero Pay Hurts the Workers it is Supposed to Help

By artificially mandating wages for grocery store employees, city officials are not doing workers any favors. The pandemic has already added extra operational costs to businesses that must be paid to keep customers safe. New minimum wage requirements increase labor prices substantially for grocery chains, and companies have been forced to make big adjustments due to their […]

CBO Highlights the Dangers of a $15 Minimum Wage, Again

The debate around raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour seems like Groundhog Day. Each legislative session, labor advocates and progressive politicians advance legislation to raise the federal minimum wage from its current $7.25 to $15 an hour. Representative Robert Scott (D-VA03) has introduced the Raise the Wage Act twice, first in 2019 […]

Leave the Minimum Wage to the States

Proponents of labor reform have become increasingly vocal about their aim to increase the federal minimum wage to $15. As recently as January 2020, Senator Bernard Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation to the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate to raise the minimum wage to $15. Sanders’ legislation follows previous attempts by the Democratic party to raise the federal […]

Real Clear Policy: Federal Minimum Wage Hike Will Hurt Everyone

The announcement this week by Sen. Bernie Sanders has renewed the goal of the modern labor movement to double the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $15. Back in 2019, Representative Robert Scott (D-VA-3) introduced the Raise the Wage Act that, among other things, would have seen the minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2025. While advocates of raising the federal minimum wage […]

ACI Supports Final DOL Revisions to Independent Contractor Status

The Department of Labor’s (DOL) final rule which was issued today is a big win for consumers, small businesses, and the independent workers who value the flexibility independent contracting provides in selecting when and how to work. ACI applauds DOL’s efforts to establish clear and consistent standards that clarify the classification of employee or independent […]

ACI Files Comments Regarding Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act

Re: (RIN) 1235-AA34, Independent Contractor Status Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) These comments are submitted on behalf of the American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research (ACI), a 501(c)(3) non-partisan, educational, and public policy research organization, with the mission to identify, analyze, and project the interests of consumers in selected legislative and rulemaking […]

There’s Nothing Fair About the ‘Fair Workweek’

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) recently announced a plan that unintentionally makes it harder for workers and businesses to thrive: the Fair Workweek. Designed to give employees more stability in their work, the fair workweek has been proposed as a way to solve unpredictable hours within the restaurant and retail industries. Yet as evidence shows, Warren’s […]

Journal Post: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough

In 2016, Governor Jerry Brown (California) signed into law the $15 minimum wage, saying “Economically, minimum wages may not make sense” but, “morally and socially and politically, they (minimum wages) make every sense.” It’s been three years since then, and despite the American economy doing better than ever, new labor regulations are threatening to undo […]

New Study Shows State-by-State Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage; It’s Not Pretty

A new study shows that a $15 national minimum wage would ravage the American workforce, destroying millions of jobs, shrinking consumer benefits, and markedly reducing economic output. The research, conducted by my colleagues and me at the American Consumer Institute, is part of a broader initiative to measure the state-level economic effects of major labor […]