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    New York Voters Support Minimum Wage Increase, Poll Says

    ALBANY — More than three-quarters of New York State voters support a proposal by Democrats in the Legislature to raise the minimum wage to $8.50 per hour from $7.25, according to a new poll released on Monday.

    The poll (pdf), conducted by Siena College from May 6 to 10, found broad support for what has emerged as the highest-profile issue in the closing weeks of this year’s legislative session, which is scheduled to conclude in six weeks.

    Democrats and independent voters were strongly supportive of raising the minimum wage, the poll found, with 88 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents in support. And while the Republican majority in the State Senate has derided the proposal as a job killer, a majority of Republican voters – 58 percent – said they supported it, as did 64 percent of voters who described themselves as politically conservative.

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    • 2 years ago

    Honor Mom by raising the minimum wage

    This weekend has many of us scrambling to figure out how to honor Mom.

    Should we give her flowers? Take her to brunch?

    For too many New York mothers straining to make ends meet, the best gift they could receive is an increase in the minimum wage.

    Read more.

    • 2 years ago

    NY Daily News: New Yorkers Favor Raising The Minimum Wage

    Raising the minimum wage has broad support among New Yorkers – including Republicans – according to a Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday.

    Overall, 78% of New York voters favor a hike in the $7.25 hourly wage, while only 20% oppose it, the poll found.

    Even a majority of Republicans, 53%, agreed that the wage should be increased.

    Of those who supported an increase, 37% favored raising it to $8.50 an hour and 52% wanted it even higher.

    “New York is a liberal state on labor matters,” said Quinnipiac Polling Director Maurice Carroll.

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) has made boosting the minimum wage a top priority of the Assembly Democratic conference. Silver wants to increase the wage to $8.50 an hour with automatic future raises tied to inflation. Read more.

    • 2 years ago

    Big business lobbyists work to prevent any rise in workers’ paychecks

    (Source: prospect.org)

    • 2 years ago

    Study: Minimum Wage bill would benefit 1M New Yorkers

    More than 350,000 New York City residents, and a total of 1 million statewide, would get a raise if the minimum wage were $8.50, found the Fiscal Policy Institute. Read more.

    • 2 years ago

    Silver Believes Cuomo Would Sign Minimum Wage Bill

    Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver said he believes Gov. Cuomo would ultimately sign a bill to hike the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour.

    "I would think that he would if it got through the Legislature," Silver said told Brian Lehrer on WNYC public radio. Read more in the Daily Politics from the New York Daily News.

    • 2 years ago

    Who Are NYC’s Minimum Wage Earners?

    Last week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) introduced a bill that would raise New York’s minimum wage 17 percent, from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour. MetroFocus recently spent a day seeking out New Yorkers working at or near minimum wage, which was last raised eight years ago. Here’s a sampling of what minimum wage workers you might run into during your daily routine had to say about the proposed increase.

    • 2 years ago

    "If you put more money in workers’ pockets, they’re going to spend more. That’s how we’re going to create more jobs, that’s how we’re going to build consumer confidence"

    — New York State Senator Jeff Klein on a companion version of the Assembly bill introduced in the Senate - a big boost for the effort to raise the minimum wage. Read more here and here.

    • 2 years ago

    Raise The Minimum Wage

    In this powerful editorial which endorses increasing the minimum wage in  New York, Crain’s writes that a “statewide measure would maintain a level playing field.” Read the full piece.

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    A Look at What Life Is Like on Minimum Wage

    Worker Dillon Saint Claire is trying to support his new wife and infant son on minimum wage. (Cindy Rodriguez/WNYC)

    The potential minimum wage increase from $7.25 to $8.50 is welcomed news for many workers trying to pay bills and keep their families afloat. WNYC's Cindy Rodriguez looks at the impact that raising the minimum wage would have amongst the working poor in New York City. Read more.

    • 2 years ago