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Tuesday, August 30, 2005 Issue 5 - Impacts of a Minimum Wage Increase   VOLUME 1 ISSUE 5  
Impacts of a Minimum Wage Increase
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Impacts of a Minimum Wage Increase
National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Report Summary
by Janice Houston

There has been much discussion in the policy community regarding the impacts of increasing the minimum wage, both in Utah as well as nationally. Raising minimum wage levels is probably one of the most partisan economic decisions federal policy makers face.
Living Wage
by Peter M. Corroon, Mayor of Salt Lake County

Almost a dozen years ago the Salt Lake County Commission declared the week of November 22-26, 1993 as Salt Lake County Decency Principles Appreciation Week. Among those principles recognized by then Commissioners Jim Bradley, Randy Horiuchi and Brent Overson were the basics of today’s movement for a Living Wage.


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Lead People
by Ken Embley

For those who experience the bite of our minimum wage monster, no words that suggest a “should” or “ought” result in some form of comfort. From the perspective of the owner and that of the employee to those who seek services, the bite is real and real people experience the pain.
Policies and Wages

What should the Governor do regarding wage rates in Utah?

Set a state minimum wage rate above $5.15 an hour for all businesses

Require state government to pay a “living wage” to all employees and require contractors to do the same

Recruit companies with high paying jobs to Utah

Invest state funds into promising local companies that offer high paying jobs

Nothing, let the market determine wages

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