Professor Will Study San Jose's Minimum Wage
A San Jose State professor plans to study the impacts of raising the minimum wage, now that San Jose voters have successfully campaigned to do just that. Voters approved Measure D, raising the minimum from $8 an hour to $10 an hour.
Sociology professor Scott Myers-Lipton says the measure captured nearly 60 percent of the vote last week partly because of the campaign’s commitment to stay on message, rather than trying to counter speculation that it would cost jobs in the city.
"I’m looking forward to dispelling the myth that if you increase the lowest-paid workers in your community, it’s going to hurt business," he says.
As a scholar, Myers-Lipton often felt frustrated when opponents claimed San Jose is essentially different from San Francisco, which was the model for the San Jose measure. Two years of hard data should resolve that question, he believes. The campaign is already getting calls from cities from around the country about launching similar efforts.