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Gillibrand backs increasing federal minimum wage

March 21, 2013

Raising the minimum wage in New York state would actually be a positive for small business owners, according to U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand....

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Mar-24-13 5:31 PM

If the lowest paid person in America made $150,000 per year, they would still be the lowest paid person in America and still not have a "family sustaining job". Some of you folks who are so free with other peoples money, why don’t you invest your own money, start a business in town, and pay a “family sustaining wage”. Open a convenient store, gas station, boutique, or other small business and pay wages of $12.50 because in today’s economy, that’s the minimum to sustain a family on. About time for some to put up or shut up.

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Mar-23-13 3:31 PM

There will always be minimum wage jobs they where originally filled by students, retired , and part time workers we had many good paying factory jobs to support families in the past but no longer. Raising minimum wage is not the answer these jobs are not meant to be family sustaining jobs only additional income. Keep pushing minimum wage up and automation will be the next step many high paying jobs have ben lost this way.

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Mar-22-13 11:53 AM

Just out of curiosity, why is it so important that the minimum wage be adjusted at a rate that keeps up with inflation? Many higher paying jobs do not. In fact, perhaps Obamo should pass an executive action requiring all employers to annually increase all worker wages by the inflation rate. I mean, you have Elizabeth Warren commenting that minimum wage would be $22/hr if it had "kept up with worker productivity", what ever that means. Of course, after Bloomberg outlaws fast food there will be a lot fewer $22/hr min wage jobs.

Christopher - if employers paying min wage employees give them all big raises, explain what they will do to compensate for that, if not raise their prices.

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Mar-22-13 9:56 AM

I hate to burst the right wing bubble, but a $9 per hour minimum wage translates to $18,720 a year at 40 hours per week, which minimum wage payers rarely offer, and no benefits. Not exactly a "family sustaining job". And, if a minimum age was ever justified, allowing for inflation in the last 20 years, it should currently be $10.50. Of course, while the minimum wage was losing ground, so were all middle class, blue collar wages, while CEO pay went up well over 200%. In fact, this is the first generation ever in the US to have lowered expectations than the ones preceding it. Nice. Go Republicans!!

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Mar-21-13 10:50 PM

Teacher, the economics work like this: min wage goes up, employers that employ min wage employees have to raise prices on their goods and services. In turn those costs are then passed along to people who make more than minimum wage. The end result is that min wage employees are no better off, and everybody else is worse off. If simply raising min wage made anything better, why shouldn't it $25? I feel for you in your position, but the fact is raising the min wage will not help you.

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Mar-21-13 10:38 PM

You people are think raising minimum wage is going to hurt anyone...I am over qualified to do my job but have to take a low paying job to make ends meet because no one Around here is willing to pay per qualifications!!! NY is the problem not people who work too*****hard to try and make it!!! Grow up and quit blaming everyone else. I made the choice to survive by any means legally necessary!! try living on 250 a week and tell me what the*****you can afford...

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Mar-21-13 10:32 PM

I'm sure she got Schumer's permission on this. She's nothing but Chuck's rubber stamp.

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Mar-21-13 7:27 PM

Raise minimum wage and employers will have no other choice than to cut positions to survive so no one wins.

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Mar-21-13 6:25 PM

Gillibrand wants to inflict the same job loss on the rest of the country that her party is doing to New York. All you can say is go girl you and your party are doing everything in its power to destroy jobs.

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Mar-21-13 5:57 PM

This is why our government is Trillions of dollars in debet. (See quote below) Gillibrand uses the higher wage to support more sales for businesses to offset their inflated payroll costs. Using this formula we should make minimum wage $75.00 per hour or better. Then business will really boom. What a leader? "They will see an increase in their sales, an increase of people buying what they're selling."

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Mar-21-13 12:23 PM

"many small businesses are in support of raising the minimum wage" - if this is true, why don't these small businesses just pay their employees more? Wouldn't that actually have a better impact for them? It isn't like the government is preventing employers from paying more than minimum. Raising minimum wage will not help those earning minimum wage, and will negatively impact those who earn more. But, all the minimum wage earners will keep voting the democrats in for just this reason...

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Mar-21-13 9:39 AM

Mommy Gillebrand in action. Since when is minimum wage to be a family sustaining job ? It drives up unemployment . look at the inner cities. we see proof of what the minimum wage was supposed to do, keep low skill minorities out of the work force. Kirstens progressive approach has the exact opposite consequence. It furthers unemployment and dependence on govt.This cant be by accident with so much empirical eveidence out there.

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Mar-21-13 9:31 AM

We have nothing to fear except our own government. An increase in the minimum wage will trigger an increase in all wages resulting in a cycle of inflation and result in more unemployment. Small businesses will lay off workers or go out of business. Small manufacturers will continue to send their jobs to foreign countries. The only real winner in this scenario is state and federal governments that will receive more revenue from increased income taxes. Maybe that's the real motivation for this proposal.

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Mar-21-13 9:31 AM

Oh by the way that new money will be taxed but not used to reduce our spending...nope spend more.

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Mar-21-13 9:12 AM

democratic drool, minimum wage is not what you should be earning your whole life. It is for entry level jobs. Stay in school, get an education and skills, make good choices and don't have children if your single and then you can have a good life.

I don't want to support you if you don't want to work hard. The Gov is not the answer. get people off welfare, get skills and stop complaining!

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