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A Liberal Professor Agrees: Increasing the Minimum Wage Leads to Job Loss

Like his progressive counterparts, University of California-Berkeley professor Robert Reich is an outspoken advocate for more than doubling the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Unlike his progressive counterparts, he admits that doing so could cause job loss.

The Federal Government’s Negligence of Our National Parks Needs to be Addressed

In recent hearings on LWCF reauthorization, PERC scholars advised Congress to stop acquiring land that the federal government cannot effectively manage.

We Can Do Better than Obamacare

By liberal and media acclamation, ObamaCare is a glorious success, the political opposition is fading and the entitlement state has gained another permanent annex. The reality, for anyone who cares to look, is different and suggests that ObamaCare is far more vulnerable than this conventional wisdom.

Education Philanthropists Should Support School Choice, Not Entrenched Interests

The answer is and always has been that throwing money at the problem of failing schools, especially when the money will be spent on teachers’ salary and consultants, does nothing to address the structural problems and disincentives to perform that exist in these schools.

Eliminate Marriage Penalties to Strengthen Families and the Opportunities to Rise

When it comes to marriage, the U.S. tax code is roughly neutral: The number of people penalized for being married is roughly the same as the number who benefit from it.

Economic Growth, Not Higher Minimum Wage, is Key to Raising Income

The evidence is already coming in: Mandatory increases in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle have cost thousands of jobs.

Public Safety Gains in D.C. at Risk

Amid glittering renewal, violence evokes a neighborhood’s bloody past.

Signs of Hope and Renewal in Newark

Newark is still stubbornly two cities: gleaming new glass towers downtown, block after block of abandoned plots and relentless poverty in its outer wards, with five killings within 36 hours this month. But for all the expectations that Mr. Baraka would divide the city, those on both sides of the spectrum say that he has so far managed to do what his predecessors could not: make both Newarks feel as if he is their mayor.

Violence Against Police Seen as Intensifying

Authorities have arrested a man who they say gunned down an unsuspecting sheriff’s deputy as he was filling up his patrol car at a gas station. It was the latest fatal ambush of a law enforcement officer in recent months, and what Harris County Sheriff Ron Hickman on Saturday called a “senseless and cowardly act.”

How Minimum Wage Increases Hurt Workers

Many chains are already at work looking for ingenious ways to take humans out of the picture, threatening workers in an industry that employs 2.4 million wait staffers, nearly 3 million cooks and food preparers and many of the nation’s 3.3 million cashiers.

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