Joseph Sabia

San Diego State University economics professor will testify in front of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce Wednesday on the prospect of a $15 federal minimum wage.

Joseph Sabia, director of the university’s Center for Health Economics and Policy Studies, will testify before the committee with three other economics experts.

According to SDSU, Sabia plans to cite his peer-reviewed research, which has shown that minimum wage hikes do not lead to higher poverty rates but would lead to higher prices and “substantial” job losses.

“Proponents claim that this massive increase will fight poverty and help low-skilled workers to make ends meet,” Sabia said in his written testimony. “These are laudable policy goals. But the efficacy of a $15 minimum wage should be judged not by its intentions, but by its likely results.”

The committee hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. Residents can view a livestream of the hearing at the committee’s YouTube channel at

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Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.