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Statement by Senator Carlucci on Raising the Minimum Wage in New York State

Minimum Wage

“I applaud President Obama’s decision to fight for increasing the minimum wage.  At the same time, New York cannot sit back and wait for action.  New York must set an example for Washington to act by working together in a bipartisan fashion and raising workers’ pay here at home.

“Raising the minimum wage for our lowest paid workers will guarantee that thousands of our hardest working men and women have a fair shot at achieving the American dream. Just yesterday, I was proud to join with my Senate colleagues in releasing a detailed policy report that shows that women and minorities stand the most to gain with a modest increase in their wages.  The experts agree that real wages will skyrocket and our economy will create jobs across the board.  I am confident that we can put the politics aside and get this done for the folks that need our assistance the most."

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GWashington February 14, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Union wages are based on the minimum wage. Raise the minimum wage, raise union wages, lose jobs. This is crony patronage to the unions. Nothing more.
Rob February 15, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I'm not sure when the last time that someone achieved the American Dream by making $9.00 per hour.
James Adnaraf February 18, 2013 at 01:57 AM
There is a lot of evidence, compiled by people who want to raise the minimum wage, that such an increase does not cost jobs. But, these researchers have a vested interest in reaching such a conclusion. Any chance of cherry picking the data? We should have a sub minimum wage, for people under 21, for three months, to establish that they can discharge employment responsibilities, and then the wage should be increased to the adult minimum wage. Each state should determine the minimum wage, as the cost of living varies greatly.
James Adnaraf February 18, 2013 at 02:08 AM
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/did-the-minimum-wage-increase-destroy-jobs/ Interesting analysis. Not done by a labor union activist, or a business owner. At a minimum, we need to realize that there are different ways to analyze data, and that the data can be subject to a variety of interpretations. Calling different conclusions "nonsense" is the "my way or the highway" mentality that has really hurt the dialog process..
S markey February 18, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Issy. Obama's Stimulus= Our Hard-Earned Money Going To Democrat's Union Bosses and all of Democrat Pet Projects ( i.e. phony Green Companies ), resulting in Money Laundering because a good portion of this " Stimulus " comes back to the Democrat campaign fund... Stimulus, here, is a raised minimum wage, resulting in fewer jobs to those entering the work force. Entering the work force...not a life job at minimum wage...not supporting a family at minimum wage. ... Entry level positions. Look at the percentage of teens who cannot find work. That would increase with a higher Minimum wage.....Employers will have to offer fewer positions They have a budget,...Unlike the Democrats... ...Higher minimum wage causes job loss...which is what Progressives want...more people go on Welfare, Food Stamps...unjustly, unethically go on Disability. And, therefore, more Democrat Voters because they will continue to vote for their Free Stuff!

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