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Photo: <a href="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/29/Walmex_plateros.JPG">Enrique Cornejo</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Photo: Enrique Cornejo, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY minimum wage rising to $8 an hour

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New York's minimum wage will increase to $8 an hour at the end of this year, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate.

It's the first of three incremental boosts approved by the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo when they approved the state budget last March.  Go to full article
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in Nov., 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Some social services agencies are concerned about a wage hike. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in Nov., 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Some social services agencies are concerned about a wage hike. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Minimum wage hike pinches social service budgets

As state lawmakers and Governor Cuomo finalize the state budget, it looks like New York will raise the minimum wage gradually over three years.

Under the emerging agreement, the current $7.25 hourly minimum wage would increase to $8 an hour in January, to $8.75 at the beginning of 2015, and reach $9 an hour by the end of 2015.

If it happens, it would mean a wage jump of 24 percent in three years. Business leaders have expressed concern about the increased costs, while labor unions, religious, and anti-hunger groups are pushing for the hike.

Social services agencies in the North Country say increasing the minimum wage could help some people, but it also gives them reasons for concern.  Go to full article

Minimum wage debated in ongoing budget talks

Governor Cuomo and legislative leaders continued to meet to try to complete the state budget by next week.  Go to full article
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/-jvl-/5194328403/in/photostream">JvL</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The New York State Senate chamber. Photo: JvL CC some rights reserved

Legislative leaders tell different min wage stories

The New York State Senate has included raising the state's minimum wage in its one house budget resolution. But that's not necessarily a signal that a wage increase is moving forward in the state spending plan.  Go to full article
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in Nov., 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in Nov., 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt

NY State Assembly approves $9 minimum wage

The New York State Assembly voted to raise the state's minimum wage to $9 an hour. But the measure is stalled in the State Senate.  Go to full article
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in November of 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt
Advocates for New York State's hungry rally at the Capitol in November of 2012 for an increase in the state's minimum wage. Photo: Karen DeWitt

Why minimum wage increase could hold up the NYS budget

State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol later Wednesday following a two week break for the President's Day holiday. Lawmakers have plenty to work on in the next few weeks leading up to the start of the state's fiscal year, including whether to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the state budget.  Go to full article
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/57782386@N06">Flickr</a>
Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivering his Executive Budget Address on Jan. 22, 2013. Photo: Gov. Cuomo's office via Flickr

Amended Cuomo budget includes min wage hike, cuts to disabled

Governor Cuomo has made several changes to his budget proposal. The amendments range from imposing a teacher evaluation plan on New York City, to cutting the cost of hunting licenses.  Go to full article
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office
NY-21's Democratic Congressman Bill Owens (2nd from left) with other members of the NY Congressional delegation. Photo: Rep. Owens' office

Owens cautious on Obama's agenda

Democratic congressman Bill Owens reacted cautiously to much of President Barack Obama's State of the Union address last night.

Speaking with North Country Public Radio, Owens questioned whether Obama's approach to gun control could make communities safer without violating 2nd amendment rights.

Owens also expressed reservations about the idea of raising the Federal minimum wage, because of objections from small business owners.

But Owens told Brian Mann that he does think some kind of bipartisan accord is possible on the thorny issue of illegal immigration.  Go to full article

Supporters continue push for minimum wage hike

Supporters of raising New York's minimum wage have not given up hope of getting a bill passed in this legislative session. As Karen DeWitt reports, with just three weeks left, demonstrations and efforts to put the bill on the Senate floor continue.  Go to full article

Minimum wage stalemate continues in legislature

The question of increasing the state's minimum wage remains controversial in the legislature. While the Assembly Speaker is persevering, Governor Cuomo and Senate Republicans are staying negative about the bill's chance of success. In Albany, Karen DeWitt has more.  Go to full article

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