Minimum Wage Hike Proposal Could Be Back Next Year
It was a round-table discussion, but a half-circle table would have done just fine.
Only four people showed up to Assemblyman Ken Blankenbush's discussion on raising the minimum wage and he has a theory as to why.
"It's 82 degrees and it's already been in the paper that minimum wage was voted on," he said.
The bill was declared dead about a week ago, but Blankenbush is out seeing what people think because he thinks it will be back.
"Even though it may be dead this year, in the future I believe something will be coming out again."
The plan was to boost the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour, an increase of about 17 percent.
Many small business owners were concerned it would hurt their business, a message Blankenbush says he heard loud and clear at a round-table earlier this week.
"New York state is listed as the 49th most unfriendly place to do business," Blankenbush said. "We don't need to make it 50."
Groups in favor of raising the minimum wage say they'll keep working to make $8.50 an hour a reality, but it remains a contentious issue.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the minimum wage fight will be even tougher than battle to legalize gay marriage.
Thursday, June 20, 2013, Watertown, NY
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