What Our Readers Think: Minimum Wage

New bill would increase minimum wage in New York by $1.25 an hour, then peg it to inflation.

This week, Patch asked readers what they think about a new bill, co-sponsored by New York State Assemblyman ., I-Sag Harbor, that would the third-highest rate in the U.S.

Readers had a lot to say on the subject and most were in support of the legislation.

wrote, "ABSOLUTELY!!! It should be much higher than $8.50 per hour, in fact. That is hardly a living wage. Everyone wants people off of welfare and social services, then make it possible for them to earn a wage that will support them!"

added, "Yes! A paying job is a paying job, and for that we should definitely be thankful. But the reality is that the cost of living in the Hamptons is much higher than other places. Minimum wage as it is now is, at best, barely getting most people by. These are hard economic times, and I'm sure the businesses really don't want to be paying their employees more than they have to, but a small increase would help a lot of people."

said, "Yes raise it. Also why are food service people be paid below minimum wage? Their employer should pay them the minimum wage and tips would help them to afford a better life."

offered: "When I first heard about the idea through a comment by Sheldon Silver as a business proponent I was not sure. But then I read his reasoning which was no one who works full time should be poor. I have no problem with people making a lot of money but it just does not seem fair after putting in 40 hours a person can still be below the poverty level."

wrote, "Absolutely. As a man who shops regularly at the supermarket, I can attest that the cost of living for food has increased 25 percent in the last 2 years. Politicians do not shop for food, their maids do it....and we pay for it....."

If you have something to add to this conversation, leave your comments below.

Jack February 09, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Tom, you can continue to insult me and say I'm insulting and judgemental (which is not true, re-read my posts) as that indicates you have nothing to bring to the table on this topic. In addition, I spoke to Home Depot in Commack and they wouldn't say how much they would pay exactly until I submit an application on-line but did indicate that they offer a graduated pay scale on your level of knowledge. The application does help direct the applicant to the best opportunity to use your current knowledge and skills and recieve better pay making minimum wage is unlikely. I'm sure a retired man as your uncle has acquired plenty of can-do knowlege for many dept's at Home Depot. That said, I would be happy to meet your uncle who works in Home Depot at minimum wage (if such an uncle exists, which I doubt), just name the place and time and ask him to have his pay stub handy.
Jack February 09, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Gail, I didn't say anyone was "dumb". I said that we all make "dumb" decisions. I apologize for using the word dumb and would like to exchange that word for "bad" [decisions]. I can't imagine how someone who is the "head of the household" in NY could support a family solely on $7.25 per hour and that is the reason I suggested that a person should acquire more education or a working trade to recieve higher pay before taking on the responsibility of a family. I gave the same suggestion to my three adult children. As far as making ANY wage a living wage is a nice idea. What should that be in NY? I would think it would need to be at least twice the current minimum wage to a "head of household" based on the prices of things today. So if you double the minimum wage which in turn will double all wages above minmum wage which then will about double the cost of goods and services provided by companies who have to pay these new additional wages then we are are back where started from. The best answer is still prepping yourself with an education/trade before taking on the responsibilty of a family. As far as not enough kids or family members who supplement the income of the "head of household", I hear there are not enough jobs (32% unemployment of kids/students).
Tom Hensler February 10, 2012 at 03:45 AM
Jack- So now I'm a liar? You continue to astound me with your arrogance! Reminds me of the old saying "you should never argue with an idiot because they will drag you down to their level and beat you with their experience!" So before I get dragged any further I will only repeat what I said in an earlier post- must be nice living in that perfect little world of yours- have a nice life! AMF (that means adios my friend)!
Jack February 10, 2012 at 04:18 AM
Got ya!!
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