NY $15 an hour minimum wage gets an easy pass

Friday, December 11, 2015
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

minimum wage illustrationA political economist isn't surprised that a state board upheld New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's decision to raise wages for fast-food workers.

On Wednesday, a state oversight board upheld the decision by Governor Cuomo's administration to gradually raise the hourly minimum wage to $15 for many fast-food workers. Those workers in New York City will be the first ones to get higher pay, with others in other New York municipalities scheduled to benefit in the coming years.

Jared Meyer, fellow for the Manhattan Institute and Economics 21, comments that Cuomo worked a system that made the decision permissible.

"I think that it was expected because under New York State law the governor is able to call wage board into action and they're able to take factors into account - and if they really have any rational basis, which is a very low standard for trying to increase wages in a particular industry, they're allowed to,” he explains.

Meyer

“So I'm not surprised that the board upheld Cuomo's move, but that doesn't change the fact that it's undemocratic, really unfair in signaling out specific parts of a certain industry and destructive towards New York State's economy, especially in upstate. " 

According to Meyer, upstate cities like Utica and Binghamton have median hourly wages that are "barely over $15 an hour." Governor Cuomo, meanwhile, has pushed for a $15 minimum wage for all industries

Cuomo remarked to an audience in September: 

"If fast-food workers deserve $15 an hour, construction workers deserve $15 an hour, and home healthcare aides deserve $15 an hour, and taxi cab drivers deserve $15 an hour… Every working man and woman in the state of New York deserves $15 an hour minimum wage, and we're not going to stop until we get it done." 

Cuomo had pushed for a much lower minimum wage prior to September. Regardless of how high a minimum wage the governor advocates, Meyer maintains that it's more for political reasons than economic reasons.

Consider Supporting Us?

The staff at Onenewsnow.com strives daily to bring you news from a biblical perspective. If you benefit from this platform and want others to know about it please consider a generous gift today.

MAKE A DONATION

Comments

We moderate all reader comments, usually within 24 hours of posting (longer on weekends). Please limit your comment to 300 words or less and ensure it addresses the article - NOT another reader's comments. Comments that contain a link (URL), an inordinate number of words in ALL CAPS, rude remarks directed at other readers, or profanity/vulgarity will not be approved. More details

SIGN UP FOR OUR DAILY NEWSBRIEF

SUBSCRIBE

VOTE IN OUR POLL

Which examples of the left's contempt for people of faith do you find most disturbing?

CAST YOUR VOTE

GET PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

SUBSCRIBE

LATEST AP HEADLINES

New Zealand to observe Muslim prayer after mosque attacks
Multiple 2020 Democrats say they won't attend AIPAC summit
Death toll from cyclone surpasses 500 in southern Africa
Europe offers UK a few more weeks to leave the bloc
Ferry packed with Iraqis celebrating holiday sinks; 94 die
Muslim terrorist suspects in New Mexico plead not guilty
Mississippi 'heartbeat' abortion law signed

LATEST FROM THE WEB

2020 Dems take aim at filibuster, say Senate tradition should 'go the way of history'
Oregon lawmakers propose major pay raise for themselves in the name of increasing diversity
Dem activist warns own party about abortion extremism
Alexandria 'Idiot' Cortez too hot for online sale
Journalists are ignorant and silly, but at least they're smug about it

CARTOON OF THE DAY

Cartoon of the Day
NEXT STORY
'Return fraud' takes big bite out of retailers

Christmas tree ornamentIt's one of the biggest issues for retailers this time of year, and it's not the cash register ringing.