Statement by Senator Carlucci on Raising the Minimum Wage in New York State

Minimum Wage

“I applaud President Obama’s decision to fight for increasing the minimum wage.  At the same time, New York cannot sit back and wait for action.  New York must set an example for Washington to act by working together in a bipartisan fashion and raising workers’ pay here at home.

“Raising the minimum wage for our lowest paid workers will guarantee that thousands of our hardest working men and women have a fair shot at achieving the American dream. Just yesterday, I was proud to join with my Senate colleagues in releasing a detailed policy report that shows that women and minorities stand the most to gain with a modest increase in their wages.  The experts agree that real wages will skyrocket and our economy will create jobs across the board.  I am confident that we can put the politics aside and get this done for the folks that need our assistance the most."

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Clemona February 14, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Every time the minimum wage was raised. Jobs suffered for 12-18 months. How many more jobs are our politicians ready to lose for "feel good" legislation?
Issy February 14, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Please, no more of this nonsense. Raising the minimum wage does not result in job loss. Giving more income to low wage earners is a stimulus. http://www.raisetheminimumwage.com/pages/job-loss
JM February 14, 2013 at 03:25 PM
Nice propaganda.
GWashington February 14, 2013 at 03:43 PM
No reason the minimum wage shouldn't be $25/hour; why not $50/hour? Stimulus? That's the same as Nancy Pelosi stating that unemployment benefits are a stimulus to the economy. Taking money from working people and giving it to non-working people does not a stimulus create. Neither does indiscriminately raising wages for the sake of "feel good politics." The State of NY has more non-working people on public benefits than working people. NY is considered a "Death Spiral State." http://foxnewsinsider.com/2012/11/28/are-you-living-in-a-death-spiral-state-and-if-so-what-should-you-do-about-it/
Deejay February 14, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Another case of treating the symptom instead of the disease. Real wages have been depressed for years and one of the biggest reasons is the "insourcing" of cheap labor- illegal immigrants. If businesses didn't have that large block of cheap labor to turn to they'd have to raise wages, which would attract tax paying citizens. You say that would raise prices? Small price to pay to restore balance and it raises real wages through supply and demand, not artificially though minimum wage laws.
stephany February 14, 2013 at 04:20 PM
when is the last [first] time carlucci met a payroll, let alone one that just got increased 20%. his salary pension and benefits are guaranteed. his staff is not paid by him but by us. ask Carlucci where he would come up with the extra loot if he actually had a business. then ask him how an extra few dollars is going to help with the "American dream" of what,,,home ownership.. what is the American dream he is talking about. I am not against it but how much it will help is another story. that is why Carlucci needs to elaborate on how it will help, and be specific. i don't think you can rent a room, never mind an apartment, and have a car +gas+insurance on min wage. even figuring their real income,food stamps etc, which would not be in the form of cash does not put clothes on you back and gas in the car. along with a increase in min wage it might be helpful to allow a 1 time allotment of $1,000 for a car with state backed insurance and a gas card for 1 tank every 2 weeks for basic necessities like work,food shopping and other such absolute necessities. donate a car to some place [ maybe dealers like on 304 by west nyack road ] where poor can buy them cheap and get double the deduction for person donating. imo transportation is a big issue.if not the biggest free bus passes would help but still-when is the last time carlucci had to take a bus anywhere with his wife and 2 or 3 kids in tow-people need a car imo
GWashington February 14, 2013 at 08:31 PM
Union wages are based on the minimum wage. Raise the minimum wage, raise union wages, lose jobs. This is crony patronage to the unions. Nothing more.
Rob February 15, 2013 at 03:58 AM
I'm not sure when the last time that someone achieved the American Dream by making $9.00 per hour.
James Adnaraf February 18, 2013 at 01:57 AM
There is a lot of evidence, compiled by people who want to raise the minimum wage, that such an increase does not cost jobs. But, these researchers have a vested interest in reaching such a conclusion. Any chance of cherry picking the data? We should have a sub minimum wage, for people under 21, for three months, to establish that they can discharge employment responsibilities, and then the wage should be increased to the adult minimum wage. Each state should determine the minimum wage, as the cost of living varies greatly.
James Adnaraf February 18, 2013 at 02:08 AM
http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/03/10/did-the-minimum-wage-increase-destroy-jobs/ Interesting analysis. Not done by a labor union activist, or a business owner. At a minimum, we need to realize that there are different ways to analyze data, and that the data can be subject to a variety of interpretations. Calling different conclusions "nonsense" is the "my way or the highway" mentality that has really hurt the dialog process..
S markey February 18, 2013 at 01:17 PM
Issy. Obama's Stimulus= Our Hard-Earned Money Going To Democrat's Union Bosses and all of Democrat Pet Projects ( i.e. phony Green Companies ), resulting in Money Laundering because a good portion of this " Stimulus " comes back to the Democrat campaign fund... Stimulus, here, is a raised minimum wage, resulting in fewer jobs to those entering the work force. Entering the work force...not a life job at minimum wage...not supporting a family at minimum wage. ... Entry level positions. Look at the percentage of teens who cannot find work. That would increase with a higher Minimum wage.....Employers will have to offer fewer positions They have a budget,...Unlike the Democrats... ...Higher minimum wage causes job loss...which is what Progressives want...more people go on Welfare, Food Stamps...unjustly, unethically go on Disability. And, therefore, more Democrat Voters because they will continue to vote for their Free Stuff!


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