Today's panelists are Alan Chartock, David Guistina from WAMC News, and Mike Spain, Associate Editor of The Times Union. Joe Donahue moderates.
Our topics are: New York state Supreme Court Judge Milton Tingling blocks limits on sugary drinks; NY GOP State Senators now open to Minimum Wage hike; the conclave to elect a new pope is underway; the TSA says yes to small knives on planes.
The New York State Senate has included raising the state’s minimum wage in its one-house budget resolution. But that’s not necessarily a signal that a wage increase is moving forward in the state spending plan.
Senate Republicans and a group of breakaway Democrats who lead the Senate have included an increase in the state’s minimum wage in their one house version of the state budget.
A new Marist College poll finds two-thirds of registered voters in New York support raising the minimum wage.
Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion Lee Miringoff chats with Alan Chartock on this week’s The Capitol Connection Program , which you can hear Friday night at 10:30, Saturday at 1 or anytime at wamc.org.
In his State of the Union Address last month, President Barack Obama called on congress to pass an increase to the federal minimum wage, raising it from its current rate $7.25 per hour to $9 per hour.
This week, House and Senate Democrats introduced legislation to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, more than a dollar higher than Obama proposed.
Iowa Senator Tom Harkin and California Representative George Miller say their bill, introduced yesterday, would boost the minimum by 2015, followed by automatic annual increases tied to changes in the cost of living.
Washington's concern about setting a new national minimum wage inspired the New York State Assembly to make its minimum wage legislation reflect the $9 an hour goal set by President Obama in his State of the Union proposal.
According to a January 2013 report by the Fiscal Policy Institute, a person working full-time would earn around $3,000 more a year, if New York's minimum wage goes to $8.75, as Governor Andrew Cuomo recommended in his State of the State address.
The two sides squared off Thursday at a legislative hearing.
Connecticut Working Families is backing legislation that would increase the minimum wage from $8.25 an hour to $9 on July 1. The legislation also calls for automatic raises in the minimum wage tied to increases in the Consumer Price Index, the federal measure of inflation.
The Connecticut Business and Industry Association opposes the legislation. It says higher labor costs will force employers to hire fewer workers and increase prices.
On the occasion of the release of a report about income taxes on the wealthy by the advocacy groups Americans for Tax Fairness, Citizens for Tax Justice and the National Women's Law Center--- and marking Monday's 47th anniversary of the 1965, signing of the federal law to establish the Medicare retirement health care program by President Lyndon Johnson--- representatives of advocacy and labor groups rallied in Beacon - Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Dave Lucas was there and files this report.