Minimum Wage

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     Great Intentions. Bad Results.

    The Problem with a $15 Minimum Wage in America

    New White Paper Warns Against Dramatic Minimum Wage Increase

    Experts Weigh In, Urge Caution for Sake of Working Americans


    Logan, UT 10/19/16 — Express Employment Professionals released a new white paper today, staking out a position on whether to raise the minimum wage to $15.


    Great Intentions. Bad Results. The Problem with a $15 Minimum Wage in America” draws on the real-world experience from Express experts across the country and outlines the many negative consequences of a significant minimum wage increase.


    There are serious potential consequences to raising the minimum wage to $15 that cannot be overlooked. As the paper outlines, these include:

    • Fewer job opportunities for young workers
    • The increased reliance on automation and the displacement of workers
    • Decreased hiring, especially by small businesses


    Surveys on the minimum wage also reveal concerns among business owners—and even among the unemployed. An Express survey of businesses found:

    • 37 percent said they would increase the price of goods or services
    • 30 percent said they would eliminate positions
    • 20 percent reported that they would increase other wages in their companies


    An Express poll of the unemployed conducted by Harris Poll earlier this year found:

    • 52 percent of the unemployed said raising the minimum wage to $15 would decrease the number of jobs
    • 20 percent said it would create more jobs
    • 27 percent said it would have no impact


    Express is issuing a clear call to action to lawmakers and the general public:

    • Pay attention to the unintended consequences
    • Avoid cookie cutter solutions
    • Focus on growth, and wages will follow


    The paper pulls from research and case studies on the topic and also features insights from Express owners and franchisees from multiple regions and metropolitan areas:


    • Jake Domer, Owner, Express Employment Professionals, Bellevue, Washington
    • Daniel Morgan, Owner, Express Employment Professionals, Birmingham, Alabama
    • John Calabrese, Owner, Express Employment Professionals, Utica/Rome, New York
    • Leslie Hackett, Franchise Developer, Express Employment Professionals, Denver, Colorado; Salt Lake City, Utah; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Las Vegas, Nevada
    • Ronnie Morris, Owner, Express Employment Professionals, Jackson, Tennessee


    “If the government artificially increase wages I believe it will create more unnecessary entitlement leading to less productivity,” said Doug Anthony, franchise owner of the Logan, UT Express office. “We are seeing a natural progression in wages increases with a strong, competitive job market and that’s how it should be.”


    If you would like to arrange for a meeting with Doug Anthony, call (435) 213-9595.

    About Express Employment Professionals

    Express Employment Professionals puts people to work. It generated $3.02 billion in sales and employed a record 500,002 people in 2015. Its long-term goal is to put a million people to work annually.

    The Logan, UT Express office is located at 1545 N. Main, Suite 100 and all of Cache Valley and Box Elder County. Local businesses and applicants are encouraged to stop by, visit or call (435) 213-9595.