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Washington - Schumer, Gillibrand Push For Fed Minimum Wage Hike To $9.80 An Hour

Published on: July 30, 2012 09:04 AM
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Washington -  New York Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand support an increase to the federal minimum wage, while a similar proposal is stalled in Albany.


The Democrats support an increase in the federal minimum wage to $9.80 an hour. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25.

The National Employment Law Project praises the proposal saying it would trigger a rise in the minimum wage for 1 million New Yorkers. The efforts come as the number of Americans in poverty are rising and wages are mostly stagnant.

Back in New York, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has proposed to increase the state minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. It is now $7.25.

That proposal was opposed by the Senate’s Republican majority.

It could be considered in a special session after the fall elections.

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 Jul 30, 2012 at 10:10 AM Mark Levin Says:

Typical uber liberals have no understanding of simple economics. Raise minimum wage and like always, the price of EVERYTHING goes up proportionally because the cost of delivery goes up. Despite what the "educated" left thinks, companies are not in business to lose money!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


 Jul 30, 2012 at 10:12 AM ormeo Says:

A sure-fire way to raise unemployment.


 Jul 30, 2012 at 10:20 AM Anonymous Says:

If no one else is getting wage increases and there is no inflation why should the min wage be increased?


 Jul 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM BubbyB Says:

Thinking about raising minimum wage reminds me of something that I've thought of from time to time recently that bothers me a great deal. Years ago, most cleaning help in the house (known as day workers) were paid minimum wage. This was even true for those coming from a government agency, who apparently had to report their income. Today these type of workers, most of whom are illegal/working off the books, are getting minimally $10.00 an hour. Our own frum women have brought this problem upon ourselves, by trying to recruit, perhaps away from others. Two weeks ago, I had a new lady, who had the chutzpah to demand $12.00 hourly. She claimed she gets it from others. I found it quite ludicrous, as the worker who recommended her was getting $10.00. I think it's time frum women unite, and have chas on our own money. If we all take a stand, we can control the cost. When raises in salary are scarce among regular workers today due to the economic situation - we can alleviate a bit of the pressure on the bread-winners and on the housewives. struggling to make ends meet.


 Jul 30, 2012 at 02:23 PM AMG Says:

it is wrong that those earning the minimum wage should have any portion of their salary withheld for any reason


 Jul 30, 2012 at 06:07 PM Food 4 thought Says:

By constantly upping the minimum wage more & more USA jobs are being shipped to China & unemployment rates go higher & higher so what"s better??


 Jul 30, 2012 at 10:24 PM OyGevald Says:

Reply to #5  
AMG Says:

it is wrong that those earning the minimum wage should have any portion of their salary withheld for any reason

To AMG, minimum-wage don't pay any taxes. What that means is, they get it all back on their tax return when they prove they are indeed minimum wage earners.
End result is, no taxes witheld.


 Jul 30, 2012 at 10:28 PM yaakov doe Says:

Very few people are actually working and being paid minimum wage which is about $1200 gross a month , what a one bedroom apt rents for in Brooklyn.


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