minimum wage Tag All blog entries tagged as minimum wage Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:12:20 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Quinnipiac Poll Shows Major Support for Minimum Wage Hike A recent Quinnipiac University Poll shows that New Yorker's support a minimum wage increase by a margin of 80 to 18 percent. Republicans support the measure 61 to 38 percent.

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Respondents were given a choice of the size of the increase they thought would be best and here is how they responded:

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43 percent say raise the minimum wage to more than $8.50 per hour;
28 percent say raise the wage to $8.50 per hour;
6 percent say raise the current $7.25 per hour minimum wage to something less than $8.50;
18 percent oppose any increase.

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Respondents were much more conflicted about whether a minimum wage hike will result in employers hiring fewer workers--49 percent of respondents thought a hike would not hurt hiring while 44 thought it would.

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo has made some sort of a minimum wage hike a part of his priorities for next year as have the Assembly Democrats, the Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate as well as Senate Democrats but Senate Republicans have generally balked at the measure. Republican Conference Leader Dean Skelos has called a wage hike, "A jobs killer."

The New York State Minimum Wage Coalition released this statement touting the poll:

"Voters overwhelmingly support raising New York's minimum wage to $8.50 to ensure that the state’s lowest-paid workers can cover basic expenses," said Héctor Figueroa, President of 32BJ SEIU, a coalition member. "If the minimum wage had kept pace with the rising cost of living, it would be approximately $10.70 per hour today. New York’s working families cannot wait any longer for the Legislature to pass a strong minimum wage increase that includes annual cost-of-living increases such as 10 other states have.”

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Cuomo: Hike Minimum Wage Before Legislative Salaries

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he wants to see the state Legislature pass a hike in the minimum wage and legislation that would decriminalize posession of small amounts of marijuana before he will even consider signing on to legisaltive pay raises.

“We have a legislative agenda that has not been passed, which is the priority for me,” Cuomo said today at a graduation of the newest class of State Troopers. “If there is an opportunity for the Legislature to act, I’m going to be looking for them to act on the people’s agenda. I understand they may have an interest in a pay raise. I’m interested in a people’s agenda and that’s what the session would be about. “

A special session of the Legislature after the Nov. 6 elections has long been rumored. Legislative pay raises have been a crux of those rumors as well as campaign financing reform and other hot topics. State legislators haven't had a raise since 1999.

Senate Republicans have been steadfastly opposed to a minimum wage hike and the marijuana decrimilization effort. Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos called the minimum wage hike "a jobs killer" and made this memorable remark about Cuomo's plan to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana: “Just being able to walk around with 10 joints in each ear and it would only be a violation — I think that’s wrong,”

Cuomo hasn't exactly been gung-ho on a minimum wage hike up until this point. It has mostly been Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's baby, and Silver is currently a bit hamstrung by the Vito Lopez scandal.

A minimum wage increase has been polling fairly highly with New Yorker's.

Picture of Gov. Andrew Cuomo courtesy of the Governor's Office.

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