Governor Andrew Cuomo is expected to push for a minimum wage hike in his State of the State address this afternoon. New York’s minimum wage is $7.25, the same as the federal minimum wage. It has not been increased since July 2009. Democrats want it raised to $8.50.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports half of minimum wage workers are under 25 in 2011. About 6 in 10 were in service occupations, such as food preparation. About half work in leisure and hospitality, which includes restaurants. About 6 percent of all women earn minimum wage, compared to 4 percent of all men.
In New York, 5 percent workers earn minimum wage or less, with 2.3 earning minimum wage and 2.7 earning less.
MIT’s Living Wage Calculator indicates a single adult working full time in Monroe County has to earn $8.79 an hour to support himself. An adult with a child needs to earn $20.55 an hour.
Of course, people unsatisfied with making minimum wage can work two jobs or go back to school, but the New York Times reports many minimum wage jobs are demanding 100 percent flexibility in exchange for work hours and the hours are getting harder to secure. In the end, taxpayers are making up the difference between what a minimum wage worker earns and what he needs to live. Some say this amounts to a subsidy for multi-billion dollar corporations.
What are your thoughts on raising the minimum wage?
Update: The governor has proposed the minimum wage be raised to $8.75.
Links of the Day:
– Cuomo will push for an expansive assault weapons ban. Could confiscation be an option?
– Cuomo buys his daughter a used car and hilarity ensues.
– Vaccinations against whooping cough are among new laws for New Yorkers beginning this year.
– A half-dozen years after opening, the Sagamore on East is finally filling up its first floor retail space.
– Maybe the Redskins bad luck can be blamed on their racist name, a columnist says.