Issues: Minimum Wage

Independent Democratic Conference Minimum Wage Report 2013

Introduction

New York’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour, which equals the federal minimum wage. The neighboring states of Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts all have higher minimum wages than New York currently.  A person working 40 hours a week for 52 straight weeks would earn $15,080 a year, and many workers making the minimum wage aren’t scheduled to work that many hours in a week or work that many weeks, meaning that they likely make less than $15,000 a year. Given the high cost of living, especially in New York City and surrounding counties, making just $15,000 a year, even for a single person without dependents, means having barely enough to provide basic needs or afford one’s rent.

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IDC Minimum Wage Report 2013

February 12, 2013
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Senator Klein and IDC Release Economic Report Outlining New Evidence in Support of a Minimum Wage Increase

 

ALBANY, N.Y. - Building upon growing momentum in support of a minimum wage increase, the Independent Democratic Conference today released a new economic report underscoring the importance of raising the minimum wage to New York’s female and minority workforce. According to the report, New York’s low-wage women and minority workers will experience an increase in earnings by over one billion dollars if the minimum wage is increased to $8.50 or $8.75. This cross-section of low-wage workers is critical to New York’s economy since, as the report illustrates, women and minority workers make up a disproportionate number of New York’s minimum wage workers.

February 12, 2013
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Governor Cuomo Outlines 2013-2014 Executive Budget to Maintain Fiscal Responsibility and Continue to Invest in Economic Growth

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo unveiled the proposed 2013-14Executive Budget and Management Plan that builds on two years of balanced, fiscally responsible budgeting and invests in economic development, education reform, rebuilding after Superstorm Sandy, provides support to local governments and school districts, and includes no new taxes or fees.

Highlights of the Executive Budget:

· Eliminates $1.3 billion budget gap with no new taxes or fees. The expected gap for 2013-14 was projected to be $17.4 billion prior to the last two responsible budgets.

· Holds spending increases below 2 percent for third consecutive year.

January 23, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Rallies for Minimum Wage Increase, Urges Albany to Raise the People’s Pay

Over 100 people joined Kennedy at Friday’s rally at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

State lawmakers Kennedy, Peoples-Stokes, Ryan support measures to raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75 an hour and linking future increases to the Consumer Price Index. 

Kennedy: Now’s the Time to Raise the Minimum Wage, and Stop Playing Paycheck Roulette by Linking Future Increases to CPI.

January 11, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Praises State of the State Focus on Strengthening Workforce, Raising Minimum Wage, Growing Upstate Economy

Kennedy applauds Governor Cuomo’s efforts to build comprehensive, progressive agenda for 2013 legislative session. 

Governor’s plans to strengthen the workforce reflect concepts Kennedy proposed in his legislation to address the “skills gap” and create “Centers for Workforce Achievement” at community colleges across the state. 

January 9, 2013
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Squadron -- Assault Weapons Ban Sponsor -- Welcomes Governor's Proposal to Strengthen NY Law

Senator Also Applauds Governor's Push for Campaign Finance Reform, Decriminalization of Small Amounts of Marijuana, Minimum Wage Increase

ALBANY -- State Senator Daniel Squadron, the sponsor of legislation to close gaps in New York's assault weapons ban -- including by making illegal the military-style gun used in Newtown, CT and Webster, NY -- applauded Governor Cuomo's proposals to strengthen the state's gun laws, reform New York's campaign finance system, decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana in public view, and raise New York's minimum wage, in today's State of the State.

January 9, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Holding Rally to Raise the Minimum Wage on Friday, Jan. 11

Join Senator Kennedy at Rally Planned for Friday, Jan. 11 at 10 a.m. at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center. 

Kennedy: Raising the Minimum Wage will Lift Families from Poverty and Boost the Local Economy 

January 11, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
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Stipend College Preparation & Green Job Training Available to NYCHA Residents

Green City Force, a New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) partner, is now recruiting NYCHA residents to participate in their stipend college preparation and green job training program - the Clean Energy Corps!

Local Information Session Dates & Location:

Fridays - 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Jan. 11 & 18

Information Session Location:

NYCHA Office of Resident Economic Empowerment & Sustainability

January 8, 2013
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Senator Kennedy Stands with Walmart Workers

Nationwide actions today to raise awareness of worker mistreatment, retaliation.

Kennedy joins workers and supporters at Black Friday rally at Walmart in Cheektowaga.

Kennedy: I stand with workers in their efforts to fight back and be heard.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Senator Tim Kennedy, the ranking Democrat on the Senate Economic Development Committee, stands with workers in their ongoing efforts to end workplace retaliation and secure better wages and benefits, fair treatment and respect. Kennedy joined workers and supporters at a rally Friday at the Walmart in Cheektowaga’s Thruway Plaza where they called for an end to worker mistreatment.

November 23, 2012
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Don’t Hike Pay for Legislators, Raise the People’s Pay

By SENATOR TIM KENNEDY

It’s time for lawmakers to go on the record on pay raises. Over the last several weeks and months, I’ve made it clear I am opposed to pay hikes for state legislators. Now, I urge my colleagues to join me in working to restore the public’s trust, rather than moving forward with their ill-conceived money grab.

With our economy now pressing forward along the road to recovery, lawmakers should be focused on economic issues and getting people back to work, not on bigger paychecks for themselves.

November 7, 2012
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Senator Carlucci Calls for Increasing the NYS Minimum Wage

Emotional Plea from Rockland Girl Scout Hannah Buckler, Advocates to Help Working Families

NEW CITY, NYWith families in the Hudson Valley struggling to make ends meet in a recovering economy, Senator David Carlucci (D-Rockland/Orange) today came out in support of raising the New York State minimum wage to meet the rising costs of living expenses.

June 29, 2012
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End of the 2012 Legislative Session

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: June 29, 2012Contact: Bryant G. Gaspard | gaspard@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Huntley Commemorates the End of the 2012 Legislative Session While Urging More Progressive Growth for the Future

As the 2012 Legislative Session came to a close last week, Senator Huntley (D-Jamaica) and the Democratic Conference highlighted some great accomplishments made this year while also emphasizing the essential work that still has left to be done.

June 29, 2012
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Oppenheimer Hails Assembly Passage of Bill Increasing Minimum Wage and Calls on Senate to do the Same

Senator Suzi Oppenheimer (D-Mamaroneck) today applauded recent passage in the Assembly of a bill, A.9148, to increase the State’s minimum wage and called on her Senate colleagues to do the same. 

“This is a matter of economic fairness,” said Senator Oppenheimer. “Throughout New York, hardworking men and women are struggling to make ends meet under our woefully inadequate minimum wage laws.  Working class New Yorkers deserve to be paid a decent wage that will allow them to provide for their families’ needs.”

June 8, 2012
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Legislative Gazette: Reform Jewish Voice Celebrates 10 Years, Meets with Krueger on RHA, Campaign Finance and Minimum Wage

The Legislative Gazette's Alli Sofer covered the 10-year anniversary of Reform Jewish Voice, which marked the occasion during a lobby day for progressive causes at the capitol:

Sen. Liz Kruger, D-Manhattan, spoke to the group about her own Jewish identity in the Legislature.

 

May 21, 2012
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Governor Cuomo Announces $10.3 Million Federal Grant to Help Unemployed New Yorkers Accelerate Their Job Searches

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that New York State has received $10.3 million from the U.S. Department of Labor as part of its Reemployment and Eligibility Assessment (REA) initiative. The grant will help the state provide individualized job search and training services to individuals receiving unemployment insurance benefits in order to get unemployed New Yorkers back to work as quickly as possible. New York’s grant was the largest among the 42 that were awarded nationwide, as recognition of the success of the state's One-Stop Career Centers.

May 10, 2012
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Minimum Wage Increase

News From New York StateSenator Shirley L. HuntleyFor Immediate Release: April 19, 2012Contact: Antonio Rodriguez | arodrigu@nysenate.gov | (518) 455-3531

**PRESS RELEASE**

Senator Shirley L. Huntley Stands with the Senate Democratic Conference inFavor of a Minimum Wage Increase

April 19, 2012
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Governor Cuomo in Syracuse to Discuss Budget

I was pleased to join Governor Cuomo in discussing budget accomplishments for Central New York. Click the link for more details.

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Gov Cuomo CNY Budget Presentation.pdf

April 5, 2012
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