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'The Sky Didn't Fall': Study On Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams

In an analysis bolstering the arguments of those fighting for minimum wage hikes nationwide, a group of University of California-Berkeley economists has found that Seattle's decision to gradually raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has not hampered job growth, despite the frequent warnings of doom-and-gloom critics.

The study, released on Tuesday, examined the effects of the incremental wage increases in 2015 and 2016. After analyzing Seattle job data prior to the wage hikes - which were signed into law by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in 2015 - and after they began to take effect, researchers found "no evidence of job loss in the city's restaurant industry, even as pay reached $13 for workers in large companies."

Professor Michael Reich, lead author of the analysis, said the Seattle wage hikes are "working as intended, raising pay for low-wage workers, without negatively affecting jobs."

"These findings are consistent with the lion's share of rigorous academic minimum wage research studies," Reich concluded.

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Posted on June 22, 2017

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Posted on June 11, 2017

'The Sky Didn't Fall': Study On Seattle $15 Minimum Wage Proves Critics Wrong

By Jake Johnson/Common Dreams
"These findings are consistent with the lion's share of rigorous academic minimum wage research studies."

Posted on June 22, 2017

How U.S. Gun Control Compares To The Rest Of The World

By John Donohue/The Conversation
I've been researching gun violence - and what can be done to prevent it - in the U.S. for 25 years. The fact is that if the NRA claim that guns helped reduce crime were true, the U.S. would have the lowest homicide rate among industrialized nations instead of the highest one - and by a wide margin.

Posted on June 21, 2017

UN Investigator: U.S. Coalition Airstrikes Causing 'Staggering Loss of Life' In Syria

By Andrea Germanos/Common Dreams
"We have been killing a lot of civilians in and around Raqqa for quite some time now, yet these incidents are rarely admitted by the coalition and there is almost no interest from international media."

Posted on June 20, 2017

Self-Regulation Protects The Wolves Of Wall Street

By Benjamin Lesser and Elizabeth Dilts/Reuters
FINRA - the industry-financed overseer of brokerages - knows which firms tend to employ advisers with histories of misconduct sanctions, legal disputes and financial distress. But it keeps that data secret and says it can't prevent longstanding hiring practices it acknowledges are a threat to investors.

Posted on June 19, 2017

U.S. Plans Threaten To Undermine Global Bank Reforms

By Huw Jones and Michelle Price/Reuters
But welcomed by global banks.

Posted on June 16, 2017

Michigan's Top State Health Official Among Five Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter For Role In Flint Water Crisis

By Andrea Germanos/Common Dreams
Now what of the governor?

Posted on June 15, 2017

What Should Academics Do When Pols Cherry-Pick Data And Disregard Facts?

By Andrew J. Hoffman/The Conversation
Step up, duh!

Posted on June 14, 2017

Now Just Five Men Own Almost As Much Wealth As Half The World's Population

By Paul Buchheit/Common Dreams
In 2016 alone, the richest 1% effectively shifted nearly $4 trillion in wealth away from the rest of the nation to themselves, with nearly half of the wealth transfer ($1.94 trillion) coming from the nation's poorest 90% - the middle and lower classes.

Posted on June 13, 2017

Cook County's Broken, Racist, Rigged Property Tax System

By Steve Rhodes
The Tribune's reported conclusion: "Cook County failed to value homes accurately for years. The result: a property tax system that harmed the poor and helped the rich."

Posted on June 12, 2017

Socialism Strikes Back!

By Jonathan Pie
New Labor is dead, you fuckers!

Posted on June 9, 2017

Trump's Not The Only One Blocking Constituents On Twitter

By Charles Ornstein/ProPublica
Chicago Ald. James Cappleman has been known to do so as well.

Posted on June 8, 2017

Indigenous Metropolis: Chicago's Urban Indians

Patricia Marroquin Norby by CAN TV
First indigenous woman to direct the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library drops some knowledge.

Posted on June 7, 2017

Immigrants In Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds Of Miles From Legal Help

By Patrick G. Lee/ProPublica
Many detainees across three states must rely on a single legal aid center in Chicago.

Posted on May 18, 2017

Small Donor Matching System Bill Passes State Senate

By The Illinois Public Interest Research Group
A similar system has existed in New York City for decades and has been adopted by other jurisdictions in recent years.

Posted on May 17, 2017

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