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It's Time to Raise Minimum Wage

Minimum wage in New York has been in the news lately. Many living on New York's low minimum wage struggle to make ends meet. It is time to take action on this important issue.

 

In New York State, thousands of people living on minimum wage struggle to make ends meet. The minimum wage in New York is currently $7.25 per hour, or $15,080 per year. About 80 percent of New Yorkers support a raise in the current minimum wage.

In the past 5 years, the New York State minimum wage has only been increased by 10 cents. Our current minimum wage is not enough for families to pay for basic necessities such as rent, food, clothing, heating, transportation, medical bills, and saving for the future. A raise in the New York State minimum wage would make the quality of life better for more than 1 million New Yorkers.

Some people think that increasing the minimum wage could further harm the economy, or could cause job loss. Additionally, some people believe that raising the minimum wage would negatively affect small businesses.

However, rather than harming the economy, raising the minimum wage would increase consumer spending and boost the economy. If the minimum wage is increased, people would have more money to spend on basic necessities. Workers who earn minimum wage would go back into the community and buy goods, perhaps from some small businesses.  

It is important to raise awareness among the public about this important issue. Those who work full time should have enough money to keep up with the cost of living in New York. It is time to raise the New York State minimum wage.

Think about this. People living on minimum wage have to live check to check, and sometimes that isn't enough. All their money is spent on many necessary expenses, and sometimes there isn't enough money. Some have to go to soup kitchens and food pantries because they don't even have enough money left over to buy food. How is that fair?

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Andromachos February 03, 2013 at 06:58 PM
Has anyone considered the effect of raising the minimum wage on inflation? With more money available to be spent on basic commodities (where most lower income folks spend their money) the money supply will increase and the price of basic commodities will rise and we will be in exactly the same place. A better solution would be to close and reduce other welfare programs and give that money to business owners to pay the difference between the current minimum wage and an increased minimum wage. Then raise taxes (preferably the regressive ones like sales tax and gas tax) so the extra money goes back to the government again.
Issy February 03, 2013 at 08:06 PM
Better yet lets slash corporate welfare and defense spending keep the welfare programs for people who need it and raise the minimum wage without having to raise taxes at all.
Watchdog February 04, 2013 at 12:14 AM
Issy would like to sell all our weapons, melt the ships down and use the money for third and fourth generation welfare recipients. Of course when we are attacked by our many enemies, we can ask them politely not to hurt us too much.
Watchdog February 04, 2013 at 12:23 AM
Unemployment rose to 7.9% this week. Businesses are reluctant to create more full time jobs. Obamacare is the main culprit. MacDonalds has a waiver for Obamacare for that very reason. Raising the minimum wage will hurt job creation but do not expect the kids in school to learn about that aspect from our liberal educational establishment controlled by the Unions.
James Adnaraf February 04, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Some of the patch comments treat small business like a bunch of slave owners, rather than hard working people who have invested their life savings in their businesses, and they have to worry about cutthroat competition, new and confusing regulations, and tax increases, among other things. The vast majority of successful business people I know worked incredible hours, could not take vacations in the formative years of their businesses, and deserve what they have built up, in terms of wealth. And, they have paid plenty of taxes.

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