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Debate on increasing minimum wage renewed

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Raising the state’s minimum wage would put more money into low-income workers’ pockets, but would the cost to businesses be too great? That’s among the questions being debated as a push to raise the minimum wage in New York gains steam. Michael Durant, director of the state chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business, said increasing the minimum wage would force employers to cut jobs and increase prices. “Some of our members will be ...

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April 23, 2012
10:26 a.m.

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Raising the minimum wage always sounds like the nice thing to do, doesn't it? But it isn't. $8.50/hr. is not a living wage. If the goal is to make the minimum wage a living wage, why not make it $12/hr?? Sound ridiculous? It should....The minimum wage should be looked at as for temporary employment, an incentive to work harder and get a higher-paying job.

Businesses are already having a tough time, why would politicians want to make it harder for a business to do well and hire even more people? You don't have to look hard to see how anti-business this state is becoming.