Real price fixing takes place in Congress

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Since allegations of oil company price-gouging has become topical, let’s look at real price manipulation. Suppose a dairy farmer wants to sell a gallon of milk for 25 cents less than his competitors. Would you want him fined or jailed? Federal Milk Marketing Orders would do just that. Americans pay […]

Term ‘dead-end’ insult to honest work

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Certain jobs are derisively referred to as “burger flipper” or “dead-end” jobs. I’d like someone to define a dead-end job. For example, I started out as a professor of economics at California State University, Los Angeles, and then at Temple University and for the past 25 years at George Mason […]

Minimum wage tool of discrimination

By Walter Williams Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Rick Santorum, R-Pa., both introduced proposals to increase the minimum wage from its current $5.15 an hour. Sen. Kennedy’s proposal would have raised the minimum wage to $7.25 in three steps over 26 months, while Sen. Santorum’s would have raised it to $6.25 in two steps over […]

Higher minimum wage could harm rather than help

Freedom Newspapers We hope those who continually agitate for a higher minimum wage don’t try to make too much of a Dec. 20 report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition. The coalition noted that a minimum-wage earner can afford a single bedroom apartment in only four of the nation’s 3,006 counties. At first glance, […]

City reworking police pay scale

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City Commissioner Fred Van Soelen speaks during Tuesday’s Public Safety meeting at city hall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor City Manager Ray Mondragon told members of the Public Safety Committee that city officials are working on a plan to increase police pay, one he hopes will go before the city […]

Raising minimum wage detrimental political battle

Freedom Editorial At least as often as every election cycle the effort to boost the minimum wage reappears on the scene. It’s a tactic particularly popular with Democrats as it makes them seem to care for the little guy and paints opponents as uncaring tools of big business. John Kerry recently set the stage for […]

Inflation forcing Americans into ‘rich’ tax category

Freedom Newspapers You could avoid getting a heavy tax gouging next year. Last Wednesday, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 333-89 for H.R. 4227, which would postpone by one year forcing 9 million more taxpayers to pay the alternative minimum tax. “The force of inflation is pushing more middle-income households into the alternative minimum tax […]

Thank lobbyists for minimum gas prices

Walter Williams A couple of weeks ago, heading down to George Mason University, I pulled into my favorite Wawa gasoline station just off the Bel Air, Md., exit on I-95 South. At each of the 20 gasoline pumps, there was a sign posted that Wawa would no longer dispense free coffee to its gasoline customers. […]

Board: Raise Ute Lake’s lowest level

By Jack King Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Authority board members voted Wednesday to recommend raising the minimum water level to which Ute Lake will be allowed to fall. Officials said raising the level — called the “minimum pool level” — will give additional protection to recreation and tourism in Ute Lake, but will slightly […]

Is there an underlying motive for minimum wage?

By Walter Williams Presidential aspirant Rep. Dick Gephardt, D-Mo., unwittingly performed a public service in his address to the Teamsters Local 238 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, last month. He revealed the true agenda behind so much of the support for minimum wages. He pledged that if he became president he’d press the World Trade Organization […]

Local officials not impressed with special session

By Darrell Todd Maurina Local elected officials praised the recent decision to increase sex-offender penalties, but didn’t have much else good to say about the special session of the state legislature. “I think the timing was poor; everything we accomplished I think we could have done in January,” said Sen. Clint Harden, R-Clovis. Sen. Stuart […]

Set minimum wage violates free trade

By Tibor machan Santa Fe is a well known and fashionable New Mexico desert city and largely in the hands of a bunch of meddlesome lefties. Perhaps not surprisingly, then, Santa Fe recently enacted an ordinance that mandates — that is to say, coercively imposes — a minimum wage of $10 plus that every employer […]