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    Wal-Mart and D.C.’s Minimum Wage Increases

    The D.C. city council recently approved legislation raising hourly minimum wages in retail stores to $12.50 an hour under the Large Retail Accountability Act (LRAA). On the surface, it looks like the bill would simply create a very high minimum wage. However, a closer look shows the LRAA targets a … More

    Phil Gramm’s Excellent Tax Reform Game Plan Has Just One Flaw

    The momentum for tax reform continues to build. Adding to it is former Senator Phil Gramm (R–TX), who wrote an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal laying out a tax reform “game plan” for Congress to follow. Gramm pretty much nails the most important things tax reform must accomplish to … More

    Morning Bell: 5 Immigration Questions for Members of Congress

    It’s July 4 week, which means Members of Congress are at home in their districts. As you head to your nearest town hall meeting, take these questions for your Representative. Below, we also provide the real answers you should be listening for. 1. Since the Senate-passed bill doesn’t require the … More

    CBO Report Shows Us Worse Off After Immigration Reform (VIDEO)

    If 10 guests of The Heritage Foundation each bought a bag of popcorn during one visit, and 20 guests bought the same size bag at a later date, Heritage would sell more popcorn the second time. Bill Beach, chief economist on the minority staff of the Senate Budget Committee, used … More

    Morning Bell: Congress Is Trying to Fool You on Immigration

    Congress is trying to fool you. Here’s how they do business. A piece of legislation is going to cost trillions of dollars, but Members of Congress don’t want the public to see that. Instead, they have the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) look at the bill for just the first 10 … More

    Equal Pay Act: No Need for a Next Generation

    Today, the Equal Pay Act becomes middle aged. This law made it unlawful to pay women lower wages based on sex. It was passed in the early 1960s, a time when there were far fewer women in the workforce. Today they make up nearly half of the workforce. Given the … More

    Equal Pay Act at 50: The Myth of the Gender Wage Gap

    Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Equal Pay Act. Signed into law by John F. Kennedy in 1963, the act ruled it unlawful to pay women lower wages based on sex. Women all across the United States have a great deal to celebrate because of what they have accomplished … More

    Morning Bell: Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage

    When someone says “minimum wage,” what comes to mind? Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids? While President Obama and other proponents of a higher minimum wage want you to visualize that single parent, the truth is that a burger-flipping teenager … More

    Morning Bell: Why Should I Care About the U.S. Debt?

    You’re busy. So busy you barely have time to read these words. So why should you care about the us debt? Does it affect your life? Unfortunately, high government debt is having more of an impact on each of us than we realize. Heritage’s Romina Boccia explains that high levels … More

    Labor Department Incorrectly Calculates Davis–Bacon Wage Requirements

    Should government agencies use the best information possible? For more than 80 years, the Labor Department has answered that question in the negative. The Davis–Bacon Act (DBA) of 1931 requires federal construction contractors to pay their workers at least the “prevailing wage” in their locality. The Act charges the Labor … More