Maxford Nelsen

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Maxford Nelsen is a lobbyist[1] and Policy Analyst in Washington State, USA. He is employed as the Director of Labor Policy for the Freedom Foundation, a free-market and liberty advocacy organization in Olympia, which has come under fire for conducting partisan political activities, jeopardizing its 501(c)(3) status[2]. His areas of expertise include economic policy, employment regulations, public sector labor organizations and constitutional law. His original contributions to labor policy literature include "Does Union Security Promote Labor Peace in Public Employment Relations?,"[3] "Promises Made Promises Broken: The Failure of Washington State's Minimum Wage Law,"[4] "The Effects of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Policies: Reviewing the Evidence,"[5] and "The Living Wage Strategy for Unions."[6]

Nelson's work has been published in local newspapers around the country and in national outlets like the the Wall Street Journal,[7] [8] Forbes,[9] The Hill,[10] the American Spectator,[11] [12] [13] and the Washington Examiner.[14] His work on labor policy issues has been featured in media outlets like the New York Times,[15] Seattle Times,[16] Fox News, PBS News Hour,[17] The Washington Examiner,[18] Seatle Weekly[19], Employment Policies Institute,[20] Safety + Health,[21] Free Beacon,[22][23][24] the News Tribune,[25][26] Crosscut,[27] Puget Sound Business Journal,[28] Merced Sun-Star,[29] Newsmax,[30] the Pierce Progressive,[31] Upjohn Institute for Employment Research,[32] Sacramento Bee,[33] Inlander,[34][35] Capital Press,[36] The Everett Herald,[37] the National Federation of Independent Business,[38] The Olympian,[39] The UW Daily,[40] Reason,[41] SeattleMet,[42] He is a regular guest on local radio stations like 710 KIRO, 770 KTTH and 570 KVI.

Nelson is an ardent opponent of raising the minimum wage[43] and of mandatory earned sick leave for employees[44].

In March 2013, Nelson published an editorial on the Freedom Foundation website that opposed a Washington bill that would allow state employees to donate their leave to coworkers who become “sick or temporarily disabled because of pregnancy and/or childbirth” or who can’t afford to stay at home to “bond with their newborn, adoptive, or foster child.”[45]

Nelsen previously worked for the Heritage Foundation, and he graduated from Whitworth University.


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  1. ^ "Lobbyist Profile". Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  2. ^ "PDC Letter to Attorney General" (PDF). Washington Public Disclosure Commission. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  3. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2015-12-21) "Does Union Security Promote Labor Peace in Public Employment Relations?". Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  4. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2015-04-15) "Promises Made, Promises Broken: The Failure of Washington State's Minimum Wage Law". Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  5. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2014-08-27), "The Effect of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Policies - Reviewing the Evidence". Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  6. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2014-02-01) "The Living Wage Strategy for Unions". Labor Watch. Retrieved 2017-05-24.
  7. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2015-09-13). "Mandatory Paid Sick Leave’s Ill Effects". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  8. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2014-10-02). "'Living Wage' Laws Are Union Lifesavers". Wall Street Journal. ISSN 0099-9660. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  9. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (May 1, 2015). "Washington's Failed Minimum Wage Experiment". Forbes. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  10. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2016-01-08). "Unions rely on flawed ‘labor peace’ argument in Friedrichs Case". TheHill. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  11. ^ "Taking Leave of Sickness". The American Spectator. 2015-07-01. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  12. ^ "A $15 Minimum Wage". The American Spectator. 2013-11-04. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  13. ^ "God and the Minimum Wage". The American Spectator. 2013-09-16. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  14. ^ Nelsen, Maxford. "Unions are siphoning Medicaid funds by bullying caregivers". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  15. ^ Johnson, Kirk; Greenhouse, Steven (2013-10-13). "In Washington State, Home of Highest Minimum Wage, a City Aims Higher". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  16. ^ "Guest: Does increasing the minimum wage stimulate the economy?". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  17. ^ "SeaTac airport workers fight exclusion from $15 minimum wage". PBS NewsHour. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  18. ^ Higgins, Sean. "Recording shows trainer falsely telling homecare providers they must join union". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-05-15. 
  19. ^ "From Secure Scheduling to Paid Sick Leave, Unions Get a Pass Under Seattle Labor Law | Seattle Weekly". Seattle Weekly. 2016-09-27. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  20. ^ "Employment Policies Institute | Mandatory paid sick leave: The wrong prescription for New Jersey". Employment Policies Institute. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  21. ^ Trotto, Sarah (December 20, 2016). "Paid Sick Leave". Safety + Health. 
  22. ^ "Unions Shift Focus to State and Local Government". Washington Free Beacon. 2016-12-13. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  23. ^ "Minimum Wage Fails to Tamp Down GOP Support". Washington Free Beacon. 2016-11-16. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  24. ^ "NYC Lawmakers Strong-Arm Businesses Into Unionizing - Washington Free Beacon". Washington Free Beacon. 2015-06-24. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  25. ^ "Should the state minimum wage be increased? Debate set in Tacoma". thenewstribune. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  26. ^ Nelsen, Maxford; Wills, Doug (2015-07-11). "No proof that higher minimum wage boosts economy". The News Tribune. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  27. ^ "Reports cast doubt on effectiveness of Seattle’s sick leave law". Crosscut. 2013-08-16. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  28. ^ "Sound Perspectives: Sick leave law needs a second opinion". Puget Sound Business Journal. September 5, 2014. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  29. ^ "Viewpoints: Sick day bill’s benefits aren’t as favorable as backers say". mercedsunstar. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  30. ^ Reagan, Michael (2014-10-07). "'Living Wage' Breathes Life Into Unions". NewsMax. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  31. ^ "Tacoma Citizens’ Forum on Earned Paid Sick Leave". The Pierce Progressive. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  32. ^ Callison, Kevin; Pesko, Michael (2016). "The Effect of Mandatory Paid Sick Leave Laws on Labor Market Outcomes, Health Care Utilization, and Health Behaviors". Upjohn Institute Working Papers. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. 16-265: 36. 
  33. ^ "Viewpoints: Sick day bill’s benefits aren’t as favorable as backers say". sacbee. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  34. ^ Thomas, Jake. "Divide and Conquer". Inlander. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  35. ^ Walters, Daniel. "The Fate of the Union". Inlander. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  36. ^ Wheat, Dan (2016-01-05). "Yakima may look at minimum wage hike". Capital Press. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  37. ^ Conner, Patrick; Nelsen, Maxford (2015-05-08). "Higher Wage Did Not Meet Promises". The Everett Herald. Retrieved 2017-05-24. 
  38. ^ "Inside Washington’s Failed Minimum Wage Experiment | NFIB". Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  39. ^ "Before raising taxes, cut wasteful expenditures". theolympian. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  40. ^ Mishkin, Laura. "Local professionals debate $15 minimum wage". The Daily of the University of Washington. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  41. ^ "L.A.’s Higher Minimum Wage for Hotel Workers Really a Tax on Non-Union Labor". 2014-12-17. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  42. ^ "Why “$15 Now” Has Nothing to Do With Inflation, Productivity, or a Living Wage". Seattle Met. Retrieved 2017-05-25. 
  43. ^ Nelson, Maxford (2013-11-04). "A $15 Minimum Wage". The American Spectator. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  44. ^ Nelson, Maxford (2015-07-01). "Taking Leave of Sickness". The American Spectator. Retrieved 2017-06-23. 
  45. ^ Nelsen, Maxford (2017-03-03). "Unions Seeking Legislative Approval for Illegal Contract Provisions". The Freedom Foundation. Retrieved 2017-06-23.