raising minimum wage

Governor Cuomo’s labor commissioner is likely in the next few days to finalize a phased in hike in the minimum wage to $15 an hour for fast food workers. That action  dismays some business groups, who say it will have some unintended consequences.

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The battle to raise the wage in New York continues.  Franchise owners have filed formal objections to Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15, a prelude to a possible lawsuit.

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More than 40 business owners and chamber of commerce executives from New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley announced their support Monday for Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the state minimum wage to $10.50. 

The current $8.75-an-hour minimum wage will go to $9 at year's end. The Democratic governor wants to raise it to $10.50 statewide and $11.50 in New York City.

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  Advocates of raising the minimum wage see hope in recent statements by the leader of the State Senate, and hope a deal can be struck by the end of the year.

Republican Senate Leader Dean Skelos, whose party will control the Senate in January, says while he thinks the state’s gradual increase of the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour next year is good enough, he’s willing to at least discuss raising it even higher. Senator Skelos, after meeting with the Republican members, says he also wants a pay raise for Senators.

In post-recession America, many citizens, especially New Yorkers, have yet to experience financial change. A new report finds a "job deficit" persists in mid- and higher-wage industries.

Deputy Secretary For Civil Rights On New Wage Board

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The people who depend on the generosity of others for something extra in their paycheck may be getting a raise.

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Advocates for a higher minimum wage are urging for better wages for workers who rely on tips. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has promised to create a committee to consider raising the minimum rate for the workers, and the groups say they have evidence that an increase is needed.

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A new survey of small business owners finds the majority favor an increase of the federal minimum wage.

It has been widely reported that Republicans contend President Obama's proposed hike to the federal minimum wage would be a job-killer. But that's not how Republican small business owners feel, if a new poll released by the Small Business Majority is any indication. 

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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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Protesters greeted Governor Andrew Cuomo when he appeared at New York City's Harvard Club for a re-election campaign "conversation" Thursday.

About 100 demonstrators carried signs and recited chants, urging Cuomo to move to raise the state minimum wage and ban hydrofracking. Community activist Jo Ann Lum: "So we're out here to say, like, Cuomo, you messed up with the minimum wage bill that you passed. You gotta take steps immediately to make sure this is straightened out."

NY Senate approved budget

Mar 27, 2013
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After an all night session, the New York State senate approved a $136 billion budget.

The Assembly is planning to vote on the budget tomorrow and if it is passed, it will be the third time in a row the state has met its deadline.

The budget would raise the minimum wage to $9 over three years and offers a $350 rebate to families with children. It includes a tax credit to businesses that pay the new minimum wage and will also increase school aid by about $1 billion.

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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.

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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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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.