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?
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- 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.