people out of it belies a good deal of complexity. David Neumark, [a UC Irvine Distinguished Professor of Economics and] a national expert on the minimum wage writing for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, concludes “… evidence simply does not provide a strong case for using minimum wages to reduce poverty. Similarly, recent research does not provide conclusive evidence that a higher minimum reduces government spending on welfare and other programs to support poor families, with the possible exception of food stamps.”

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