The Rise of the New West

Benjamin Schultz

Benjamin Schultz, Ph.D. Geography

In terms of its significance to symbolism and cultural imagery, perhaps nothing is more quintessentially “American” than the Intermountain West (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming). The West is a living metaphor for values that so many Americans identify with, such as freedom, independence, individuals and self-reliance. The region is also home to some of our most iconic national parks, like Yellowstone, Glacier and Grand Canyon.

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What Has the Minimum Wage Done Across Time, and What Does it Have to do With Employment?

R.T. Young

R.T. Young, Ph.D. Business Economics

With minimum wage laws becoming more of a topic in 2013 – and in 2014 as well – here is a review of what the minimum wage has been across states through the years since 1938.

First, some background. The minimum wage was first introduced in the United States at the federal level in 1938 at $0.25 per hour. Since then, the minimum wage has increased 2,800 percent to $7.25 per hour. Interestingly, the 2,800 percent growth rate comes out to a 4.6 percent average annual growth rate, or about one percent faster than average wages have grown over the same period.

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