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Groups say state minimum wage too low to live on

Business Council counters state should focus on creating better-paying jobs

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Sara Niccoli would like to see an increase in the state’s minimum wage. But she’d be even happier if the state Legislature passed a living wage. Niccoli is the director of the Labor-Religion Coalition of New York State, a group that has long supported raising the hourly wage of the state’s lowest-paid workers. They maintain that the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour isn’t enough for most workers to live on, even if they ...


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steveleary1
December 2, 2012
11:55 a.m.

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Raising the minimum wage does not produce any additional goods or services.
As a result the only group to benefit from such an increase will be the government.
Every few years we raise the minimum wage and the results are the same. Workers at the next level want a raise and so on up the scale. Prices rise because employers need more to pay for labor and the cost of materials in the products they make.
The higher wages push people into higher income brackets and therefore they pay a higher percentage of their income in taxes. This causes their purchasing power to decrease. One only has to look at what could be purchased when minuimum wage salary was $ 1.85 per hour and what can be purchased with minimum wage today. ( It is less)
In order to demonstrate my point, Let's say we raise the minuimum wage to $ 100.00 an hour.What happens to the price of your sub sandwich if the owner has to pay someone $ 100.00 an hour ? Nothing more is produced-so prices on everything have to rise. No one gets anything more then they are getting now. It sends a shock wave through the economy- fewer people will be working and the government will collect more with our indexed tax system. Raising the wage a $ 1.00 does the same thing only the effect is not as dramatic.
Minimum wage jobs are a starting point, a place to get experience so that you can command more in wages. If you are productive and worth more your employer will pay you more in order to keep from losing you. If you can't make enough to live on, it is time to get a better job.

pnotto
December 2, 2012
1:36 p.m.

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For those people caught at the bottom end of the financial ladder, it would behoove the State Legislator's and your beloved Governor to reform the tax system in this state that is fair and representative for all so it will not keep driving people out of this state and stop making it a welfare haven.

dan
December 2, 2012
2:30 p.m.

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Something else to keep in mind is that the minimum wage is going down when adjusted for inflation. http://www.nelp.org/page/-/rtmw/uploads/...

ThePhilistine
December 2, 2012
8:34 p.m.

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minimum wage needs to be low, unless your are truly worthless nobody works long term and expects to stay on and to live on minimum wage. Kids living at home and part timers work minimum wage. Anyone working a career who needs to make it on there own starts out low then has to work hard improve themselves and move up. Just like your first place will be a crappy little apartment not your own 6000sq foot home your first job gets minimum wage and for most of those job the workers have never done anything to prove they are worth more, but when they do they better themselves and their pay.

roses
December 2, 2012
11:31 p.m.

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Maybe Our lawmakers Should start making Minimum Wage !!! That would save the State alot of Money !!! Plus No Per Diems And Stipends which they are Abusing !!!And do away with their Retirements and Health Care As most of them can afford that !!!

roses
December 2, 2012
11:41 p.m.

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Get with it People !!! What you have running this State is what is Killing it !!! They are just there to suck the life out of the System,And it is Working !!!!They don't Represent you !!!Which you vote them to do !! All they care about is what they get in the End !!!

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