Fiala Supports Increase in Minimum Wage
3/12/2013 (Updated 3/13/2013 12:32:58 PM)
The debate over raising the minimum wage involves many complaints from small businesses that boosting the wage will make it harder to run a small business, and hire more people:
But today, former Broome County Executive Barbara Fiala told the local Rotary that she doesn't agree with that argument.
She says raising the wage - currently $7.25 an hour - puts more money in workers' pockets-- giving them more purchasing power:
"People will have more spending cash and that should help businesses. and minimum wage now equates to less then $15,000 dollars a year, which is not enough to live off," said Fiala. who is now New York State's commissioner of Department of Motor Vehicles.
The state assembly passed a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, and index future hikes to inflation. Cuomo called for an increase to $8.75 in his State of the State Address.
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