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Page 6 The Star June 14, 2014 FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS Back row, left to right: Darlene Waldner, Sheryl Waldner, Cindy Waldner, Karen Waldner, Jason Waldner and Junia Walner. Front row, left to right: Titus Waldner, Glenda Maendel and Rodney Waldner. The nine ex-Hutterites have collaborated on another book after the success of their first publishing effort. 'After we told the truth' Ex-Hutterites pen second book after success of first publication Nine former members of Hutterite colonies in Canada and North Dakota have written another book less than a year after the release of their controversial, tell-all publica- tion about the faith they left behind. The first book, titled "Hutterites: The Nine," openly told about the practices of the religious group that formed a communal organization with strict and rigid control over its members in every aspect: Spiritually, mentally and financially. The release of the first book was followed by a wave of book tours and public appearances, as well as some rare public responses and some backlash from current Hutterite colonies. As a result of all their experi- ences, the authors released another book earlier this month, which ex- pands on the lives of the nine au- thors. It reaches out past their lives as Hutterites and features commentary On the challenges which currently shape the social and political land- scape. The book is titled, "Since We Told the Truth." The nine authors said they are committed to see others discover the The new book written by a group of ex-Hutterites covers their lives since the success of their first publication. freedom that allows a society to reach its fullest potential. With a worldwide outlook a few of them were recently invited to the country of Liberia to teach God's biblical order to bring healing and restoration to numerous church leaders and their congregations. The group continues to participate in book and media tours. They are also currently in the development stage of producing their own televi- sion and radio programming. For more information, visit the group's website at www.thenine9.com. NDSU professor asks: 'Why not raise the minimun wage?' By Jeremy Jackson Of The Star NDSU Agribusiness and Applied Economics Department There are many well-intentioned reasons to support an increase in the national minimum wage. Raising the minimum wage has been seen to have minimal, if any, impact on un- employment, while it obviously in- creases the incomes of the low-wage workers who receive it. The current minimum wage falls below what most consider to be a "living wage" on which a family ac- tually could be supported. Thus, rais- ing the minimum wage has been seen as a way to reduce poverty. Given these reasons, it is reason- able to ask: Why not support a mini- mum wage increase? After all, we care about our fellow human beings and have a responsibility to do what we can to help each other out, espe- cially those who suffer in poverty. The problem with raising the min- imum wage does not lie in the inten- tions of its supporters, but rather in the actual effects that such policy has on those it is intended to aid. It is true that the past increases in the mini- mum wage have had little effect on aggregate unemployment rates, but that is a misleading abuse of the sta- tistics. Of course, increasing the mini- mum wage will have the greatest im- pact on those whose wages fall below the new wage threshold. This falls primarily on young workers with only a high school education. We shouldn't ask ourselves what ef- fect the minimum wage will have on aggregate unemployment, but on un- employment among those who will be most affected: the youth (http://tinyurl.com/minwagelawl). A 2013 paper by economist Aspen Gorry of Utah State University pub- lished in the European Economic Re- view took a deeper look at the effects of the last raise in the U.S. minimum wage by the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. It was increased from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour during the years 2007 to 2008. Gorry's analysis focuses on unemployment in the high school educated youth population. "Between 2006 and 2010, the un- employment rate for high school ed- ucated workers aged 15 to 24 went from 11.3 to 22.5 percent ... the un- employment during the recession such a policy comes at the expense of those whom the policy is intended to benefit. This does not rule out the possi- bility of using minimum wage hikes as a means to alleviate poverty, but does suggest that policymakers need to be smart as they implement it. A smart minimum wage proposal might exempt young workers from the full minimum wage hike as has been done by several European coun- tries. These countries have a separate minimum wage for workers of vari- ous ages. was disproportionately focused on young workers," Gorry states. The analysis presented in that re- search is based on the premise that young people who are employed at or near the minimum wage gain valu- able job experience that helps them find higher wage employment later in life. This leads to the conclusion that, of the 11.1 percentage point increase in unemployment, 3.3 percentage points of the increase was attributa- ble to the increase in the minimum wage and not the recession. In a current working paper, Gorry and I have used the analytical flame- work of Gorry's to examine the im- pact of raising the minimum wage to $9 and $10.10 as was recently scored by the Congressional Budget Office. Using more recent data reflective of the current labor market, we find that the impact of raising the minimum wage to $9 on yoath unemployment will be much larger than the previous minimum wage increase. The effects are an order of magni- tude larger for an increase to S10.10. The impacts of current proposals are much larger due to the fact that wages, as a whole, have not risen much since the last wage increase, which has led to a larger percentage of the population being impacted by the current proposal as opposed to the increases from the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007. Even more troubling is that this high level of unemployment among youth will lead to increased unem- ployment and lower wages as the youth of today age. This happens be- cause the unemployed youth are de- nied the ability to gain productivity-enhancing job experi- ence. This loss will follow them throughout their lives. While raising the minimum wage will have a negligible impact on the aggregate unemployment rate, it will have significant impacts on unem- ployment among the youth popula- tion. This unemployment has more than just a contemporaneous effect. 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