Friday, July 15, 2005

Living Wages

In a "definitive" study done by the Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy entitled Examining the Evidence: The Impact of the Los Angelas Living Wage Ordinance on Workers and Business the following conclusion was reached
Living wage laws have proliferated around the nation, partly as a response to the stagnation of state and federal minimum wages, as well as to the increasing privatization of city services as a means to cut costs. These laws are designed to remove the incentive for government to contract out jobs to low-wage employers, thus leveling the playing field for city contractors.
I guess if you think this is an argument for or against living wage ordinances would say a lot about your outlook on public policy. Dmitri Vassilaros doesn't like it and neither should you.


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