By Arnold Kling
Wal-Mart is controversial. On the issue of labor costs, Steve Pearlstein writes,
I’m talking about a minimum wage that would put a family with two full-time workers above the poverty line in high-cost metropolitan areas — and no doubt put upward pressure on wages at places like Wal-Mart.
Or how about requiring employers like Wal-Mart to provide all workers with affordable health insurance, including part-timers and recent hires.
by working 8 hour days 7 days a week, both Mr. Zavala and his wife earned $400*52=$20,800, for a total family income of $41,600. In New Jersey, this doesn’t go very far, but it’s a far cry from what Mr. and Mrs. Zavala could have earned as a janitor in Mexico, and far exceeds the official poverty line in the United States.
For Discussion. What would be the consequences of enacting the reforms prosposed by Pearlstein?