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My first TV job in 1997 paid me what New York State’s minimum wage is in 2012, about $15,000 a year. I couldn’t live off of that salary then and I can’t imagine anyone can do it now.

Assembly Democrats are introducing a bill today to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 and peg it to inflation. Gannett reports:

New York’s minimum wage is more than $3 less than what it would be if it had kept pace with inflation in the past four decades, according to the National Employment Law Project Action Fund. The state’s minimum wage has gone up 10 cents in the last five years and is lower than 18 other states.

Ten states index their minimum wages each year to keep pace with the rising cost of living, the group said.

Cuomo hasn’t taken a position on the issue.

The Albany Times Union reports raising the minimum wage will be a tough sell. Do you think the Occupy movement spurred this proposal or improves its chances of passing?

– New York State could matter in the GOP presidential primary.

– Hammondsport wants to be named the “Coolest Small Town in America.”

– Kids these days. You have to make sure they’re not hiding cell phones or drugs in their clothing. A Pennsylvania school banned Ugg boots because they’re a haven for contraband cell phones. A Utah TV station warns parents about “stash pockets.” I suppose it’s easier to ban the clothes than fight the actual problem.

5 Responses to Minimum Wage & Ugg Boots

  1. I have never made more than 18,000 in year and have usually been around 15,000. There were a few with much less. Yes, even single it is pretty tough to survive like that. You almost have to have a room mate. Since economy of scales usually means a one bedroom is going to be more expensive per room than a multiple bedroom apartment, you usually end up settling on a small studio or room in a flop house. Ramen noodles or Bar S hot dogs (tasty,cheap and filling but not very good for you) are staples in your diet. Also fun, the endless advice on how you should get another job (b/c employers are sooooo understanding and generous about scheduling your time around another employer) and how you should be thriftier (b/c the $14 a week at Starbucks as your ONLY luxury is just too much.) But I digress.

  2. Sure it would be great to raise the min. wage.. It’s a struggle for sure, but so many people live on way less than that. I have to wonder if that small increase would put a lot of people in a category to lose any extra benefits they may get due to their small income. For some people a dollar increase might do them more harm than good. While it might give them some extra cash, it could very well make them ineligible for any subsidized food, medical etc that they may get, but not enough extra money to pay for those things. I’ve worked the two full time jobs, full time/part time jobs, worked for min wage or even less as a waitress at times. It’s tough. I did it when I was single in my 20’s. I can’t imagine doing it with kids. It’s no wonder that people need food stamps, welfare, medicare, etc. to survive. But if we raise the min. wage we need to raise the cut off of eligibility for certain benefits in order for people to continue to want to work. Can NY state afford that right now? Is now the best time to raise the min wage on small business owners who are still getting back on their own feet? There is a lot to consider.

  3. January 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm Marci Wolcott responds:

    I’d like to see an article discussing whether an increase in min. wage correlates with price increases. It seems to me that businesses will just pass the increase along to customers. If so, a wage increase would be offset by inflation and so is not effective. I don’t know if it’s so but would like to see whether that is the case. I also agree with the comment above that it might make things worse for people who are disqualified for assistance but not able to make up the difference. How about we adress the causes of the crazy inflation we’ve been seeing rather than keep doing more of what hasn’t been working-

  4. The NYS minimum wage has changed 19 times since 1962, the last being 2009. I see no correlation between it and the occupy people and don’t know why anyone would wonder if they had anything to do with trying to increase it.


  5. February 7, 2012 at 12:06 pm Scott Dias responds:

    Raising the Minimum Wage, at best, is a lagging economic indicator. That being said, look at it this way – the “have nots” have a little more money in their pocket. Since this only affects those at minimum wage, and possibly at or below the poverty level, as far as INCOME, and everyone as far as higher costs at places who pay minimum wages, then two things happen. One, the cost of minimum wage is spread over the entire population, not just those making minimum wage. Two, the only businesses that will transfer these extra costs to the consumer, are businesses who employ those at minimum wage, and maybe two degrees of separation from those businesses. What this means is that if minimum wage was to go up 5%, for example, the person at minimum wage might be able to profit 3.5% of that due to the temporary inflation killing 1.5% of that. This is just an example. When businesses that are not affected by this raise their prices anyways, THAT is wrong, and the irony and the source of fault here is not raising minimum wage, but in corporate greed.

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