minimum wage

6:30am

Thu January 2, 2014
Politics and Government

State Assembly Speaker wants minimum wage hike fast-tracked

The state’s minimum wage is now $8 an hour, after a new law took effect Dec. 31. It’s part of a phased-in increase that will result in a $9 an hour rate for the state’s lowest income earners by 2016. But a leading lawmaker says the hike should be phased in faster, and advocates that tip earners, like wait staff, should also be included.  

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4:04pm

Wed January 1, 2014
Politics and Government

New state laws bring tax cuts, health screening and casinos

A number of new state laws take effect in New York Jan. 1.  They include a few tax cuts and tax breaks, and even a new regulation that could impact the health of baby boomers.

Hitting the books in the new year are the first of three new tax cuts for small businesses and an additional nearly 10 percent tax cut for manufacturers.  Middle-income families are also getting tax relief in 2014. That affects people who make between $40,000 and $300,000 a year and who have at least one dependent child.

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5:27am

Fri August 30, 2013
The Upstate Economy

Report: New Yorkers pay a price for longer unemployment

A new report on the status of workers finds the period since the 2008 market crash may turn out to be a “lost decade” for New Yorkers, as wages stagnate and the average time for unemployment lengthens.

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8:58am

Fri March 29, 2013
Politics and Government

New York state legislature passes budget

The state legislature is finished voting on a $141.3 billion state budget, with the Assembly completing it's work shortly before midnight on Thursday. The final passage occurred one week past lawmakers’ s self-imposed deadline, but three days before the spending plan was actually due to be finished. 

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11:02am

Thu March 28, 2013
Politics and Government

This year's state budget negotiations follow closed-door tradition

It's known as the “three men in a room” style of decision making. For decades now, the governor and the two party's legislative leaders meet behind closed doors in the governor’s offices and decide key issues, like the contents of the state budget.

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12:37am

Tue March 26, 2013
Politics and Government

Legislature on track to finish budget this week

The state budget is on track to be finished on time, and before the March 31 deadline, now that all of the spending bills were finally printed shortly before midnight on Monday.

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8:49am

Mon March 25, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate passes some budget bills, Assembly waits until Thursday

The New York State Senate held a rare Sunday session at the Capitol, in an attempt to get the state budget finished on time in the midst of major religious holidays.

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10:30am

Thu March 21, 2013
Business

Gillibrand pushes for national $10 minimum wage

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is pushing for a $10.10 federal minimum wage.
Ryan Delaney WRVO

New York's junior senator is staging a fight to raise the federal minimum wage to more than $10 an hour.

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9:04am

Thu March 21, 2013
Politics and Government

Budget accord reached; lawmakers still filling in details

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget Wednesday evening, but say they are still working out many of the details.

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7:35am

Wed March 20, 2013
Politics and Government

Lawmakers say weekend budget session increasingly likely

The New York state budget is crawling to a conclusion, as legislative leaders and Gov. Andrew Cuomo continue closed door meetings to try to strike a final deal.

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9:12am

Tue March 19, 2013
Politics and Government

State budget talks to go another day

New York state lawmakers are close to agreeing on a new spending plan that would include a deal to raise taxes on the wealthy and raise the minimum wage.  They failed to seal a pact Monday night, but say they will be back Tuesday morning to try again.

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8:39am

Fri March 15, 2013
Politics and Government

State legislative leaders hopeful budget will be on time

State lawmakers are hurrying toward getting a budget agreement in place, with a stepped-up schedule of conference committees and meetings with Gov. Andrew Cuomo. But the governor is throwing cold water on striking a deal by the weekend.

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9:14am

Tue March 12, 2013
Politics and Government

Senate co-leaders offer different accounts of minimum wage budget provision

The New York State Senate has included raising the state’s minimum wage in its one-house budget resolution. But that’s not necessarily a signal that a wage increase is moving forward in the state spending plan.

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3:58pm

Mon March 11, 2013
Politics

Cuomo poll ratings down, but still higher than most pols

A new Siena College poll finds a slight drop in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s popularity for the third month in a row. The poll finds the governor’s popularity has dropped to 64 percent -- still higher than most politicians in the country -- but an eight point slide from a 72 percent approval rating in  December.

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9:42am

Mon March 11, 2013
Politics and Government

DeFrancisco thinks state lawmakers can deliver budget on time - again

The hearings are over; the New York State Assembly and Senate have put together their respective spending plans. Now this week, lawmakers in Albany get down to the details of hammering out a state budget that both chambers can agree on. Senate Finance Committee Chairman John DeFrancisco of Syracuse believes it can be done before the April 1 deadline.

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7:04am

Wed March 6, 2013
Politics and Government

State Assembly approves minimum wage

The New York State Assembly voted to raise the state’s minimum wage to $9 an hour, but the measure is stalled in the state Senate.

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4:44am

Thu February 28, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo, lawmakers meet on budget

With just three weeks and one day to go before a state budget deadline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders met to assess how far they have to go to reach a deal.

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9:10am

Wed February 27, 2013
Politics and Government

State minimum wage increase faces hurdles

New York State lawmakers are set to return to the Capitol Wednesday following a two-week break for the President’s Day holiday.  Lawmakers have plenty to work on in the next few weeks leading up to the start of the state’s fiscal year, including whether to pass a minimum wage hike as part of the state budget.

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5:20am

Sat February 23, 2013
Politics and Government

30-day amendments make several changes to Cuomo's budget plan

Gov. Andrew Cuomo made several changes to his budget plan in what are called 30-day amendments. These amendments range from imposing a teacher evaluation plan on schools in New York City, to cutting the cost of hunting licenses.

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5:58am

Thu January 24, 2013
Politics and Government

Minimum Wage Hike Stands Better Chance in 2013

Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan, even though the increase would not cost New York State any money.  That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

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7:31am

Wed January 23, 2013
Politics and Government

Cuomo proposes third lean budget

Governor Cuomo unveiling the proposed 2013-14 Executive Budget and Management Plan.
governorandrewcuomo Flickr

Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a $142 billion state budget, that includes federal aid for post Superstorm Sandy recovery, and closes a $1.3 billion dollar budget gap.

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9:11am

Wed January 9, 2013
Politics and Government

"People's State of the State" calls for raising minimum wage

Members of labor, faith and community groups gather in Albany
Matt Ryan/WMHT

In anticipation of the annual State of the State address, a coalition of progressive groups held their 23rd annual People's State of the State on the steps of the Capitol in Albany.

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5:43am

Mon December 31, 2012
Regional Coverage

NY's food pantries say hunger is growing

Food pantries and soup kitchens say they are reluctantly becoming a permanent part of the nation’s safety net for the poor. In a new report on New York’s charitable food distribution system, the groups say it is government that needs to step in and lend a helping hand.

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8:45am

Tue December 11, 2012
Politics and Government

New state Senate coalition defends itself

The newly-formed coalition of Republicans and Democrats, who will run the New York state Senate for the new term starting in January, made their first public appearance. They responded to criticism that the new majority coalition leaves out blacks and Hispanics. 

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9:13am

Fri November 30, 2012
Politics and Government

Activists protest Valesky office, asking him to stick with Democrats

Activists outside state Sen. Dave Valesky's office
Ellen Abbott/WRVO

While the balance of the New York State senate remains unclear, as votes continue to be counted in a pair of close Senate races, activists are calling on a breakaway political coalition to stick with the Democrats. A coalition of union and community groups believe some important issues depend on it.

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5:42am

Tue November 20, 2012
Politics and Government

Advocates urge minimum wage hike

Advocates rally at the state Capitol against hunger and for a minimum wage hike
Karen DeWitt/WRVO

Advocates for a minimum wage hike rallied at the state Capitol Monday, amid growing signals that there might not be a special session to deal with the issue, or any items at all this year.

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5:49am

Mon November 19, 2012
Regional Coverage

Study finds rich get richer, the rest decline

A union-funded think tank finds that New York has the greatest income disparity in the nation. The Fiscal Policy Institute says that trend continues, with the top one percent gaining more financial resources, while the middle class is falling behind and the numbers of the poor are growing.

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7:04am

Mon November 5, 2012
-Candidates in Depth

Al Stirpe & Don Miller compete for Assembly again

Everyone who votes on Tuesday in New York state will choose who will represent them in the state Assembly and Senate.  Very few of those races are truly competitive, with many incumbents running unopposed or against candidates who have no chance of winning.  The exception in central New York is the race for the newly created 127th Assembly district.. which is a rematch of a very close race two years ago.

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4:07pm

Thu July 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Lawmakers consider changes to living wage law

Lawmakers are considering some changes to the seven-year-old living wage law in Syracuse. The tweaks are targeted at the people who serve you food when you fly out of town.

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9:25am

Tue June 12, 2012
Regional Coverage

Eight session days left, many issues unresolved

New York state lawmakers plan on leaving Albany for the summer on June 21, but they continue to be gridlocked on the issues of raising the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour, and offering tax breaks to small businesses as an incentive to create more jobs.

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