minimum wage

New York News
3:22 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Caucus Leader Backs Minimum Wage Hike For Cities In New York

Assemblyman Karim Camara

The idea of allowing cities to set their own minimum wage has support from the head of New York’s black and Hispanic caucus, but the plan faces obstacles elsewhere.

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New York News
12:17 pm
Thu January 30, 2014

POTUS' Call For $10.10/hour Minimum Wage Sparks Debate

Credit WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

On the same day he delivered his State of The Union address this week, President Barack Obama announced that he was increasing the minimum wage for federal contractor workers to $10.10 per hour. There’s mixed reaction to the idea...

The federal minimum wages stands at $7.25 an hour. Many agree that raising the minimum wage re-adjusts it to 1960s levels; for example, the $1.60 minimum wage of 1968 was worth more than $10.50 in 2013 dollars. 

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New York News
6:06 pm
Tue December 31, 2013

Silver: Minimum Wage Hike Not Enough

Speaker Silver

New York’s minimum is now $8 an hour, after a new law that takes effect today. It’s part of a phased-in increase that will result in a $9 an hour rate for the state’s lowest income earners by 2016.  But a leading lawmaker says the hike should be phased in faster, and advocates for the poor say tip earners, like wait staff, should also be included.

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North Country News
10:15 pm
Mon December 30, 2013

VT Minimum Wage To Increase By 13 Cents Jan. 1

Vermont's lowest paid workers are going to be getting a 13 cents per hour raise.

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North Country News
12:30 pm
Thu December 19, 2013

Sanders Sponsoring Minimum Wage Hike

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is sponsoring legislation to increase the federal minimum wage.

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New England News
3:22 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Mass. Legislative Commitee Will Hold Hearing On Raising Minimum Wage

The minimum wage in Massachusetts is currently $8 per hour, the rate was set in 2008 and does not adjust for inflation.

The federal rate is currently $7.75, but President Obama has requested that Congress raise the rate to $9 per hour and index the rate to inflation.

The bill, filed by Democratic State Senator Marc Pacheco of Taunton, would seek to raise the Bay State’s minimum wage to $11 dollars over three years. Pacheco said that although the $3 increase may seem dramatic, the amount more accurately reflects the value of the minimum wage in 1968 adjusted for inflation.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Living Wage Campaign Expands In Western Massachusetts


Massachusetts State Senate President Therese Murray last week raised the possibility of a debate in the legislature this year on raising the state’s minimum wage. Noting that both New York and Maine plan to raise their minimum wages, Murray said there is a growing gap between the $8 per hour minimum wage and a living wage in Massachusetts.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Kitty Callaghan, a member of the Living Wage Western Massachusetts steering committee.

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New York News
5:05 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Senate Passes Some Budget bills, Assembly Waits Until Thursday

Credit Office of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

The State Senate met to vote on three previously agreed upon budget bills, in an attempt to finish the spending plan without interfering with the Easter and Passover holidays.  Senate Finance Committee Chair John DeFrancisco explained it on the Senate floor.

“We’re trying to jumpstart the process,” said De Francisco, who says starting early gives everyone “ample time” for debating the bills.  

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New York News
8:52 am
Thu March 21, 2013

NY Budget Accord Reached, Still Filling in Details

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget Wednesday evening,  but say they are still working out many of the details .

Governor Cuomo says he and the legislative leaders have reached an accord on many of the budget issues, and hope to be finished passing everything by Sunday.

“I’m pleased to announce  this evening that we have a budget agreement in concept,” said Cuomo, who said bills would  begin printing immediately.

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New York News
6:08 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Hotbutton Issue: The Minimum Wage

New York's current minimum wage is $7.25 per hour.
Credit WAMC

While New York is posturing to join 19 other states that have raised their minimum wages above the current federal level of $7.25 per hour, lawmakers in Washington are trying to promote passage of legislation that would hike the federal minimum wage to new heights.

Labor, community, religious and policy groups from around New York welcomed a reported agreement to increase the state minimum wage to $9 per hour over the next three years. Not everyone embraces its tenets.

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