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March 20, 2013

Gillibrand urges federal minimum wage hike

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Niagara Gazette — Nationwide, increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour could increase America’s GDP by about $33 billion over the course of three years as workers spend their higher earnings at local businesses.

The proposed federal wage increase has widespread support from  the business community including the Main Street Alliance,the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, and the U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce.

Opponents of the plan argue that raising the national minimum wage might have an unintended side effect of employers hiring less workers to offset higher wages. House Speaker Rep. John Boehner, R-Ohio, said earlier: “At a time when Americans are still asking where the jobs are, why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?”

On Monday, Gov. Cuomo and legislative leaders reached a tentative agreement to increase the state’s minimum wage to $9 over the next three years. Under the New York plan, the wage would rise to $8 per hour in 2014, to $8.75 in 2015 and $9 by the start of 2016. 

If the hike is approved by the state Legislature, New York will join 18 other states with a minimum wage above the federal minimum as of the start of the current year.

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