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Comment Archives: stories: Feature: Politics

Re: “Bare Minimum

We don't need to rely on fanciful free-market ideology to tell us what might happen if we raise the minimum wage. The subject has been studied extensively.

Economists at UC Berkeley conclude:
"Our studies show that the impact of these laws on workers’ wages (and access to health care) is strong and positive and that none of the dire predictions of employment loss have come to pass." (nyti.ms/1g1HnjN)

What's more, raising the minimum wage would very likely increase overall demand.

A study from the Center for Economic and Policy Research puts it this way:
"Since the minimum wage transfers income from employers (who generally have a high savings rate) to low-wage workers (who generally have a low savings rate), a minimum-wage rise could spur consumer spending." (bit.ly/IsoKwj)

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Posted by Jordan Karr-Morse on 03/26/2014 at 1:10 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Glad to see some good arguments in favor of the higher minimum wage from all corners in this article.
Too often, I see criticisms of a minimum wage hike on very vague theoretical grounds with no references to real-life results. Even conservative academics at this point know that our minimum wage (federal and state) isn't tracking cost of living and is bound to be out-of-date often. As Caleb says, there are creative ways to fight the prohibition on wage raises within the state--and if we add our voices to the growing national dissent, maybe state law can change in the near term.

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Posted by Tori Cole on 03/26/2014 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

If Seattle and Chicago can pay $15, so can Portland.
Of course, Saltzman and Fish pay lip service to the idea, but we all know what they do in City Council. Time to end the corruption! I'm voting for Caleb and a living wage for those who need it most!
https://www.facebook.com/caleb4councilpdx

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Posted by Cascadian Kram on 03/26/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

All of the opposition to $15/hr that I have heard has boiled down to ideology and thought-experiment -- some people's idea of "what must probably happen" if we do this. They make it sound like we'll be fighting in the streets over scraps of meat if we pay people enough to pay their rent & buy groceries.

Meanwhile, empirically, we see time and again that minimum wage increases are good for literally everybody. Paying the underpaid means that they're spending that money, which means increased revenues, which -- historically speaking -- has led to higher employment.

It's nice to finally see a candidate that's connected to reality!

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Posted by jessehadden on 03/26/2014 at 12:16 PM

Re: “Bare Minimum

Nicholas Caleb talks 15 Now, social and environmental justice, and police accountability: https://vimeo.com/89880650

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Posted by George Hayduke on 03/26/2014 at 11:44 AM

Re: “Bare Minimum

I am unsure why some establishment economists would be concerned that we could create too much justice for workers by going to $15 an hour -- only $30,000 a year. With corporate profits and worker productivity both at record highs, does anybody seriously doubt Corporate America can afford to pay non-poverty, living wages? Part of the progressive poverty-wage-penalty-tax proposal could go toward small business subsidies to allow them to compete and pay their workers higher wages as well. We could raise small business exemptions for taxes at the same time. Supporting local workers can go hand-in-hand with supporting local small businesses.

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Posted by sethwoolley on 03/26/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Bare Minimum

SUPPORT CALEB FOR COUNCIL: https://www.facebook.com/caleb4councilpdx

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Posted by George Hayduke on 03/26/2014 at 11:02 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

And still no movement on my proposal to have speakers play Lou Rawls when someone spins the Loo rolls.

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Posted by Todd Mecklem on 07/06/2013 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

I don't think that Randy is a very dignified name.

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Posted by Hello Fritzy on 07/06/2013 at 1:18 PM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

todd! lol

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Posted by Stephonknee Wells Kunz on 07/06/2013 at 3:12 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

Powell's and Laika are two of my favorites! GO LAIKA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO HARD LAIKA!

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Posted by Stephonknee Wells Kunz on 07/06/2013 at 3:06 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

Werker? I pirate sound you!

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Posted by Stephonknee Wells Kunz on 07/06/2013 at 2:55 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

I shut the city once... Seriously, i said no! I use to hear from him every now and again. What sucks is I was on his side. Lets save money. I can't never say what I'm talking about out loud.. BUT if DH replacement ever reads this. I got you buddy. (emoticon heart)

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Posted by Stephonknee Wells Kunz on 07/06/2013 at 2:52 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

This is a horribly written article - almost painful to read. How did this make the cover? Was the editor on vacation?

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Posted by Brett Myers on 07/06/2013 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

Damn, if that's all it takes, I'm in. Even the Air Force was tougher than you guys.

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Posted by frankieb on 07/04/2013 at 8:06 PM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

You gotta be able to do at least one push up, Frank...sorry.

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Posted by Randy Leonard on 07/04/2013 at 6:49 PM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

Hey Randy, how does one go about getting duty on that shiny new toy of a fireboat anyway?

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Posted by frankieb on 07/04/2013 at 5:41 PM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

I did not endorse Mary Nolan in her campaign for the council...either formally or informally.

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Posted by Randy Leonard on 07/04/2013 at 12:49 PM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

Shutting down the City of Portland? I think I accidentally did that once too, they should tell more people where the breaker switch is.

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Posted by Todd Mecklem on 07/04/2013 at 12:01 AM

Re: “Can You Hear Me Now?

I get real tired of waking up with a sore ass and a nickel in my hand. How much will Amanda see that I get paid from now on?

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Posted by Butler FLICKED on 07/03/2013 at 5:55 PM

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