Bill To Increase Minimum Wage Passes New York Assembly

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The New York State Assembly passed legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $9. The vote now moves to the Senate.
The New York State Assembly passed legislation that would raise the minimum wage to $9. The vote now moves to the Senate. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Flickr user matt.h.wade

ALBANY, N.Y. – The New York State Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that, if approved by the State Senate, would increase minimum wage to $9 an hour, with automatic increases tied to inflation.

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  • Yes, it should be a boon to everyone.

    68%
  • No, it will delay economic growth in the state.

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According to the Wall Street Journal, the Assembly passed the bill 101-44, led by a Democratic majority. Minimum wage has increased 10 cents per hour in the last six years, going from $7.15 to $7.25 an hour in 2009.

Assembly member Amy Paulin (D-88) said that it is now up to the Senate to pass the bill for workers in the state.

“We in the Assembly believe our counterparts in the Senate will realize the benefits of raising the minimum wage far outweigh the negatives,” she said. “You can see how other states have been positively impacted by the increase and how it helped economic growth.”

Under the legislation, minimum wage will increase in January 2014. The minimum wage will begin to be adjusted for inflation beginning in 2015, based on the Consumer Price Index. Food service workers receiving tips will see their wages increased to $6.21.

Recently-elected Assembly member David Buchwald (D-93) said that the legislation could be a boon for families in the county.

“The ability to put more money in the pockets of lower-income families has significant effects for our community in Westchester,” he said. “Whether it’s a parent who can worry less about making next month’s rent, or a family that has just a little more purchasing power to provide a boost to our local economy.”

There are 19 states, including Connecticut and Massachusetts, that have higher minimum wages than New York. In addition, 10 more states have already passed legislation that tie minimum wage to inflation.

“Increasing the minimum wage is not only an important measure for our state, but for every state around the country,” Paulin said. “Many people who have full-time jobs at the current minimum wage don’t make nearly enough money to support themselves, let alone a family."

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Why is it so hard to understand that people who earn the minimum wage in Westchester do not have a lot of discretionary income. Putting more money in their pockets, puts more money into the local economy which adds to the income of local businesses and adds income to the county and State in sales taxes. It is the business cycle.Gov. Cuomo outlined the economic benefits beautifully when he proposed this earlier this year.

Putting more money in the pockets of WHO? How about the cost of doing business. Just who do you think is going to pay for this? The consumer, that is who will pay. I guess it is OK for deep pockets dooodleowner ,but the rest of us can't afford things now. How about the number of positions that will NOT be filled because of the cost? This bill will in the long run, will cost jobs. Our state is in a downward spiral economically. The Governor hasn't a clue on economics. Just look at the state economy and you will see why.

@ doodleowner:, I just love this " Putting more money in their pockets, puts more money into the local economy which adds to the income of local businesses and adds income to the county and State in sales taxes" Where did you get your MBA from, Cuba university? Do you understand that SOMEONE has to pay for this. Do you even understand that? It is the business owner that pays it and then passes it on to the consumer. If he doesn't want to raise his prices, he than gets rid of one or two employees. It is a lose lose situation.

Just keep it easier for business's to leave our state, why don't you?

If an established business threatens to leave the state just because of having to pay its employees a few dollars more, if they do leave, they should be heavily financially penalized.

With this statement "if they do leave, they should be heavily financially penalized.", you show your true colors, comrade. What law would give New York state that authority? You wonder why people and companies are leaving our state in droves, it is thinking like yours that is causing it. Make it difficult for a company to do business and they will make the choice.

How about instead of simply establishing a higher minimum wage, why not give employers incentives to pay their employees more?

I agree. Small businesses should be given incentives, such as tax credits. Large businesses (and I'm referring to the huge corporations) already receive tax credits, so they should not be given any further incentives.

Only $9/hour? That's an insult to the working people! The minimum hourly wage in New York should be at least $15.

More stupidity from our corrupt, inept state government!