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Pacific in the Press | April 5, 2016

Apr 4, 2016

Quote of the week
Here are examples of how University of the Pacific was represented in the media in recent days


California Report (KQED-NPR)
Capital Public Radio
What could $15 an hour mean for rural, inland California?
March 30, 2016
This lengthy story, aired on two of California's largest NPR stations, explores how a $15 minimum wage will affect the Central Valley and Inland Empire. Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, said the measure could impact 66 percent of jobs in these regions. "There will be a positive impact and a negative impact," he said. "Both impacts will be bigger in the Central Valley."
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KQED Forum
What California's New $15 Minimum Wage Will Mean for Workers, Businesses
April 1, 2016
Jeff Michael was a guest on Forum, a daily public affairs talk show produced by the Bay Area's leading NPR station. Michael joined other guests to talk about the impact of a $15 minimum wage on California's economy. "There's really a lot of uncertainty about how it will play out," he said.
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The Sacramento Bee
California's plan for $15 minimum wage could have huge effect
March 29, 2016
"The expanse of the impacts is huge - a 50 percent increase in wages over five years to more than 40 percent of workers in the Sacramento region alone," said Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. The matter is so complicated, and fraught with unintended consequences, that it's hard to know if the benefits or drawbacks will prevail, Michael said. Either way, he said, "The economic impacts are going to be enormous."
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The Sacramento Bee
Will California's new minimum wage law make sense in Bakersfield?
April 1, 2016
"This is moving things into a completely new tier, into a tier we haven't seen before, particularly in some of these inland areas," said Jeffrey Michael, director of  the Center for Business and Policy Research. Michael said he hopes the Valley and other lower-income parts of the state will attract more skilled jobs that have better pay. Absent that, a $15 hourly wage "would be a very significant adjustment (for employers), even phased in."
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The Fresno Bee
Valley economist: New law 'pushes wages to a completely different plane'
April 1, 2016
Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business Policy and Research, said he's been fielding calls about the minimum wage increase all week. "I don't know how it's going to shake out," Michael said. "This pushes wages to a completely different plane."
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The Modesto Bee
Modesto businesses weigh in on state plan for minimum wage hike
April 2, 2016
Jeff Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research, said that while the increase could improve the lives of low-wage workers, it has the potential of being far more disruptive in the Valley because of the higher proportion of low-wage workers. "If everything goes well, basically, it's an income redistribution from employers and consumers to low-wage workers," he said. "If it doesn't go well, you've got a situation of significant changes in employment and displacement. Some workers get higher pay, but others get less hours or lose their jobs."
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York Dispatch (Pennsylvania)
Unlikely Scalia legacy: The gift of same-sex marriage
March 22, 2016
Law Professor Lawrence C. Levine's op-ed about the impact of the late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on same-sex marriage, originally published in the Sacramento Bee, was distributed by the Tribune News Service and picked up by newspapers in Connecticut, Kentucky, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
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San Jose Mercury News
Bay Area job market evolves: 'Soft' tech jobs in, manufacturing out
April 3, 2016
"A structural shift has occurred in the tech economy," said Jeffrey Michael, director of the Center for Business and Policy Research. The tech part of manufacturing has lost 93,000 jobs, a 38.8 percent decline during the past 15 years.
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Capital Public Radio
Yelena Dyachek wins Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions
March 15, 2016
Conservatory alumna Yelena Dyachek talked by phone from New York with Capital Public Radio host Beth Ruyak after winning the Metropolitan Opera Council National Auditions. Ruyak notes that Dyachek studied music at University of the Pacific. "For an opera singer it's really a big deal," Dyachek said. "It was absolutely a dream come true. It was surreal."
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