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February 6 2013

ICS Managing Director discusses the minimum wage

Back in November 2012, ICS director Kevin Hallock had pointed out that "interest in the impacts of minimum wage legislation will only increase during, and likely after, this presidential campaign." (See in Hallock's November 2012 Workspan magazine column, Economic Effects of the Minimum Wage.) This does appear to be the case as state legislative debates over whether to raise the minimum wage are heating up.

On January 28 2013, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie vetoed legislation the bill to raise the minimum wage in New Jersey. For her story, "Christie Vetoes Bill to Raise Minimum Pay," Wall Street Journal reporter Heather Haddon asked Linda Barrington, managing director of Cornell's Institute for Compensation Studies, about the current political pressures surrounding the minimum wage.

Barrington noted that, given the continuing soft labor market, "You don't have employers that are naturally feeling the market pressures to raise wages to get the talent they need." This is making opposition from business stronger than it might be in times of tighter labor demand.

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