Michael Saltsman

Employment Policies Institute

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Research director at the Employment Policies Institute, a think-tank partly funded by the restaurant industry

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At LA County's Hall of Administration today, public comment was limited to just one minute after hundreds signed up to testify about a proposed increase in the minimum wage.

America's Largest County Considers Raising the Minimum Wage

At LA County's Hall of Administration today, public comment was limited to just one minute after hundreds signed up to testify about a proposed increase in the minimum wage.

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Seven dollars and twenty-five cents is the federal minimum wage and, this week, workers in
7 cities have gone to the streets demanding their pay be doubled to 15 dollars an hour. …

Should Fast Food Workers Get a ‘Living Wage?’

Seven dollars and twenty-five cents is the federal minimum wage and, this week, workers in 7 cities have gone to the streets demanding their pay be doubled to 15 dollars an hour. …

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