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The increase proposed would return the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the minimum wage to what it was in 1980.
The increase proposed would return the inflation-adjusted purchasing power of the minimum wage to what it was in 1980.

Senate democrats push for state minimum wage hike

Democrats in the State Senate held a forum promoting a hike in the state's minimum wage, while a conservative group says there's already a government program in place that boosts the earnings of low wage workers well above the current minimum standard. In Albany, Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
There's a school of thought that says you... hurt the economy if you raise minimum wage. That's a debate we're going to have.

Most New Yorkers support raising minimum wage, poll shows

A new poll finds the overwhelming majority of New Yorkers would like to see the state raise its minimum wage. Governor Cuomo does not rule the proposal out. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly
Sheldon Silver, Speaker of the New York State Assembly

Silver pushes for minimum wage hike, worries about pension changes

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is continuing to push for his bill to increase the state's minimum wage. The Speaker is also expressing reservations about Governor Cuomo's plan to offer an option of 401k-style retirement plans for future state workers. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has the details.  Go to full article
Photo: Streetsblog.org
Photo: Streetsblog.org

Assembly Speaker Silver introduces bill to raise minimum wage

The leading Democrat in New York's Assembly is pushing to increase the state's minimum wage.

Speaker Sheldon Silver says it's "absurd" to think that anyone can make a living on the current amount, $7.25 an hour. He wants the minimum to go up to $8.50.

Silver had dozens of colleagues from his Democrat-controlled chamber behind him when he announced his bill yesterday.

The speaker says the minimum wage in New York has risen 10 cents in the last six years and increasing it is "a matter of human dignity".  Go to full article

As the state faces nearly $8B in debt, conservatives propose deep cuts to public spending

New York State begins the New Year nearly broke, and with plenty of challenges ahead. One think tank is offering some answers to get the state out of its financial bind.

A new report from the Empire Center for New York State Policy lists specific--and often politically dicey--proposals, including canceling millions of dollars in unused pork-barrel spending. Some of the initiatives would hit public workers. The center proposes a wage freeze for teachers and state workers, and caps on school aid and Medicaid spending. It also proposes selling state-owned golf courses and ski resorts as well as its off-track betting agencies.

The report comes just as the governor is preparing to deliver his state of the state address, opening the new legislative session tomorrow. Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

NY Senate Overrides Pataki's Minimum Wage Veto

New York's minimum wage will rise to $6 dollars an hour after the first of the year, now that the State Senate has overridden a veto by Governor George Pataki. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Allies of Lowest-paid Workers Call for Override of Veto

Democrats in the state Legislature have vowed to fight back on behalf of the state's lowest-paid workers. They've called for an override of Governor Pataki's veto of a bill raising the minimum wage by two dollars over the next 17 months. Pataki says he believes the wage should be increased on a federal level, not just in New York.  Go to full article

Pataki Vetoes Minimum Wage Increase in New York

Governor George Pataki has vetoed a bill that would have gradually
increased the state's minimum wage to $7.15 cents an hour. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Deal Reached in Legislature on Raising Minimum Wage

Leader Joe Bruno announced an agreement with the State Assembly on a bill to increase the state's minimum wage.  Go to full article

Minimum Wage Hike Goes Down

Advocates of raising the state's minimum wage tried, but failed, to convince the state Senate to approve a bill increasing the minimum to $7.10 an hour. Karen DeWitt reports from Albany.  Go to full article

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