Recognize the Costs of Increasing Minimum Wage

This article originally appeared at WPRI. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon A productive dialog about poverty in America must recognize the need for transparency about policies aimed at addressing the issue. Milwaukee’s Public Policy Institute seems to do the opposite by appealing to the conclusions of a “sophisticated microeconometric model”[…..]

A Year Later, the Exchanges Still Stink

This article originally appeared in The Weekly Standard. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon One day soon I will presumably receive a notice from the D.C. health exchange informing me how much my family’s health insurance will cost for 2015. That I’ve not yet been made privy to this salient bit[…..]

The Minimum Wage Can Never Be High Enough

This article originally appeared in The American. Click here to read the full story. By Ike Brannon While waiting in line at my local grocery store in Washington, D.C., the other night, I eavesdropped on two thirty-something store employees discussing the $15 minimum wage that recently took effect in Seattle. “It’s a start, but it[…..]

A Federal Minimum Wage and the States

By Logan Albright and Ike Brannon The White House has been spending an inordinate amount of time and energy this year advocating that Congress increase the federal minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10. No doubt, some Democratic Party supporters of the proposal believe it would help low-income workers; however, their Republican[…..]

Immigration and the Texas Boom

This article originally appeared in the George W. Bush Institute. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon While I write for the George W. Bush Institute, which is based on the SMU campus in Dallas, I live and work in Washington DC, a few thousand miles away as the crow flies and light-years removed[…..]

A Better Way to Measure Growth

This article originally appeared in the George W. Bush Institute. Click here to read the full article. By Ike Brannon One of the ostensible reasons the Fed gave for its recent decision to hold off on the taper is that the economic data haven’t been that great. Chairman Ben Bernanke specifically pointed to the moribund[…..]

Is America’s Workforce Disabled or Just Discouraged?

This article originally appeared in RedState. Click here to read the full article. By Logan Albright Over the past forty years, the number of Americans receiving disability benefits from the federal government has increased more than six-fold. This is an alarming statistic any way one looks at it, but the implications of it are far[…..]