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Op-ed column: Let’s up the ante

NYS must find way to increase its minimum wage

John Daly/For The Sunday Gazette
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The cost of living continues to rise year after year, making basic necessities more expensive, which can greatly burden lower-income families. All the while, the minimum wage in New York has barely budged in the past five years. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 1.7 million workers earned the federal minimum wage last year. New York accounts for roughly 5.4 percent, or 91,000, of those workers. Furthermore, in 2008, the BLS estimated that ...


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hodgkins.t
July 8, 2012
12:36 a.m.

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The new minimum wage must also be indexed to the Urban Consumer Price Index to ensure that workers do not have their wages eaten by inflation in a few years.

manjoe
July 8, 2012
7:28 a.m.

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Increasing the minimum wage will backfire by reducing employment opportunities for teenagers, seniors and people with poor job qualifications. What's needed is a robust economy so that employers can justify raising wages based on their revenues rather than government mandates.

hodgkins.t
July 9, 2012
10:20 a.m.

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People who work in minimum wage jobs spend a greater portion of their income- less saving- than those with higher incomes. The increased money injected into the economy from a wage increase will create jobs.

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