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Sandy a poor excuse not to raise state’s minimum wage

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Sandy a poor excuse not to raise state’s minimum wage Raising the state minimum wage has the support of 80 percent of voters, yet Gov. Cuomo and Senate Republicans continue to evade action. A recent statewide survey of emergency food programs by the Hunger Action Network found that hunger continues to rise. There was a 7 percent increase in the number of people fed last year, on top of more than a 50 percent increase ...

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justapto
December 6, 2012
7:26 a.m.

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Joanne Clough: you say "Sixty percent of poverty of poverty in the United States is accounted for by single women with childern" and "Contraception gives them a free ticket" ---
Doesen't contraception prevent these same women from having unwanted children in the first place?
Admit it; you are another fringe radical religious radical right who wants to push your personal beliefs on the rest of us. Your distorted analogies don't impress the rest of the free democratic country. You wish to have 25 kids and not use contraception; Go Right ahead. You have the freedom to decide.
If we allow one religious doctrine to intertwine with the US Constitution; I choose 'On Walden Pond'
As the author stated; "The best government is No government".

J.D.
December 6, 2012
10:21 p.m.

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Justapo, how about some science instead of personal attacks? 41% of babies ARE born to unmarried women. According to the Alan Guttmacher Inst. (Planned Parenthood's own research arm) 54% of women seeking abortions were using contraception at the time. According to Marie Stopes Intl. (Britain's abortion provider) 70% of women seeking abortions in 2007 were using contraception at the time. In fact 21% were using two or more methods.

Planned Parenthood does not care about women's health. They care about women having sex. Read "Sexual Sabotage" by Dr. Judith Reisman, or "You're Teaching My Child What?" by Dr. Miriam Grossman. And while you're at it, take a look at Planned Parenthood's website to see if they cite all of their scientific info. They don't.

J.D.
December 6, 2012
10:26 p.m.

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Google Planned Parenthood's "Healthy, Happy, and Hot" brochure where they talk about countries who require HIV+ youth (as young as 10) to disclose their HIV status to their sexual partners are violating the rights of the HIV youth. According to the CDC, at best, the condom can offer only 80% protection against HIV with highly motivated heterosexual adults instructed in correct and consistent use. The condom provides even less protection with anal sex.

gina99
December 6, 2012
10:47 p.m.

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Raising the minimum wage will force more companies to lay off and move out of New York States. It will increase the need at food pantries. Liberals can't understand that raising the minimum wage hurts the poorest in society by slashing entry level jobs. Youth unemployment is high enough in NYS.

smith
December 7, 2012
12:39 a.m.

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Re: Hughes, "New York ... have less than 50 percent of their populations working"
That must be why NY was a sure win for Obama.

wmarincic
December 7, 2012
7:36 a.m.

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gina99 you are 100% correct.

ronzo
December 7, 2012
3:27 p.m.

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In 2004, Santa Fe, NM (where I lived before coming to NY), raised its minimum wage to $8.50 per hour, a 65% increase. Business owners predicted gloom and doom. Once the dust settled, everyone adjusted and business continued normally. The working poor could better afford life's necessities. The minimum wage in Santa Fe now is $10.29 per hour. It is the highest in the nation. Santa Fe, in addition to being the state capital, derives most of its economy from tourism. Business owners, small (like the corner liquor store) and large (like Walmart), are no worse off. New businesses, large and small are setting up and the working poor are even better able to afford life's necessities. The cost of living in New Mexico is no where near as high as New York.

When states began banning smoking in bars, restaurants, bingo halls and bowling alleys, the prediction was that they would all go out of business. Did they?
The job loss hysteria is a myth. Go to Santa Fe and see for yourself.

Will1960
December 7, 2012
4:57 p.m.

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Ronzo,

Well put. Your personal experience in Santa Fe has wide reaching ramifications for businesses everywhere. I haven't seen an example where the minimum wage was raised and the reverse happened. Like you mentioned the business community adjusts and life goes on. The red tape in this state is a far more damaging factor for businesses. That's where the business community ought to rally for change, instead of using it's resources to fight any raise in the minimum wage. The strangulation by regulation is a much more formitable foe, thus we retain the status quo.

J.D.
December 7, 2012
8:01 p.m.

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Ronzo and Will1960, when was the last time you saw a person w/ a disability enjoying their job as a bagger at a grocery store? Out of sight, out of mind, right? Keep them in their institutional work boxes.

wmarincic
December 7, 2012
8:26 p.m.

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Thats great ronzo but Santa Fe is like a year round Lake George I know as I lived in Albuquerque for 14 years and spent many a day in Santa Fe.

ronzo
December 7, 2012
8:54 p.m.

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Wil1960: Regarding "The red tape in this state is a far more damaging factor for businesses."
To me as an outsider now living here, NY has a much larger problem. The red tape is one thing. The cost of local government here is egregious. I call it Government Sponsored Larceny. The cost of multiple municipal governments within a single county and multiple school districts within one county is one of the major reasons why property taxes here are what they are, the highest in our nation. Why? People LOVE it this way. They love their little tiny police department and fire department in their little town or village. They love their little town and village, each one providing the same service that the county can provide. And they are willing to pay the county to provide duplicative and replicative services, but also incurring the additional cost of doing it themselves. And they are unwilling to change it to make it into that which will make the cost of local government lower.
When people here want to unstrangulate themselves from all these layers of local government and more than one school district in a county, then maybe some businesses might start to look at NY as a place to locate a business without NY State giving away millions of $$$ to beg them to locate here at taxpayer major expense.
It's no wonder why New York is no longer the Empire State. It's sad.

ronzo
December 7, 2012
9:10 p.m.

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wmarinicic: I've been to the city of Lake George. Santa Fe city has 75,000 people. Santa Fe County has 150,000 people. Lake George is a 3 month tourist trap, at best. After October are there even more than 20,000 people living there? Come on - there's no comparison.

ronzo
December 7, 2012
9:45 p.m.

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J.D.: Not sure what you mean. Are you saying that if a disabled person bagging groceries at a store received $10.29 per hour for their work, they would better enjoy their job? Actually, the mentally disabled guy who attempted to bag my groceries this week was very jovial, friendly and kind. He even offered to carry my bags out of the store for me. I would gladly support him earning $10.29 per hour for his effort, and would hope that the grocery store would pay him that.

wmarincic
December 7, 2012
9:58 p.m.

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And Santa Fe is a 12 month tourist trap with Navajo Indians selling turquoise jewlery and people from all over the world running in and out of the overpriced art galleries. As I said you can't compare Santa Fe to NY.

ronzo
December 8, 2012
7:04 a.m.

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wmarincic: The pueblo Indians selling jewelry and people from all over the world who spend millions of $$$ on artwork and leave many more millions of $$$ in local hotels, restaurants and other businesses has been an economic driver for decades that many places in New York would love to have. You are exactly right. You cannot compare Santa Fe to NY.

wmarincic
December 8, 2012
7:21 a.m.

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ronzo, I have nothing against them eeking out a living like that, God knows they need it. The Navajo are proof of what this government is willing to do to it's people. What I'm saying is that the economy is very good in Santa Fe due to the tourist trade and N.M is a growing city due to the weather and the very conservative gun laws.

J.D.
December 8, 2012
8:37 a.m.

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Ronzo,
It's pretty simple. The person bagging your groceries is cross-trained to be able to do multiple jobs that a person w/ a disability cannot do. Grocery stores and other businesses will not pay one person to bag groceries, or other simple tasks that they could do, for high minimum wages.

Therefore, there is a whole contingent of disadvantaged people that want to work, but cannot.

ronzo
December 8, 2012
8:47 a.m.

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wmarincic: What the heck do gun laws have to do with people from all over the world visiting Santa Fe and spending cash? I don't think that people pick it as a destination because they can pack a six-shooter.

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