ON-Lion Letter

An increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour would result in the loss of 91,521 jobs across Wisconsin, according to an October study from the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy in Madison, Wis.

The data show a minimum wage hike would hit teens hardest in the state -- costing more than 38,000 16- to 19-year-olds their jobs.  More than half of the job losses (56%) would be for those 25-years-old or younger.

Fifty-six percent of the losses would also be for women.

"An increase in the minimum wage to $15 an hour would be devastating for Wisconsin families and young people looking to establish a positive work history because many would lose their jobs," according to MacIver Institute president Brett Healy.  "While labor unions claim they want to help low-wage workers, spiking the minimum wage to an unrealistic $15 an hour would kill over 90,000 entry level jobs and the opportunity to move up the economic ladder of success.  Big Labor should be ashamed of itself for trying to yank away the only way so many people have to get ahead."

The Dire Consequences of the Fight for 15:  An Analysis of a $15 Minimum Wage in Wisconsin is based on data collected by economists David Macpherson of Trinity University of Texas and William Even of Miami University of Ohio.  They used sampling methods similar to those used by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office to assess the employment effects of a $15 minimum wage across many demographics in the Badger State.

"Instead of forcing local businesses to absorb excessive increases in labor costs, policymakers should be finding real solutions that help employers grow their business and create more, better-paying jobs, " Healy said.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee substantially supports MacIver.

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