Unshackle Upstate Blasts Assembly’s Passage of Minimum Wage HikeMay 23rd, 2012 | By OP ED | Category: OP ED
“Members of the Assembly who voted to increase the minimum wage clearly signaled that they do not care about the struggles and challenges of New York’s businesses to create jobs in a sluggish economy. This job-killing measure will add almost $3,000 per full-time employee onto employers’ payrolls – and ultimately force the state’s unemployment rate of 8.5 percent even higher. Raising the minimum wage will also drive up the costs of goods and services and slam the door on our young adults and many New Yorkers seeking their first job.
At a time when countless small businesses are still struggling to recover from New York’s economic crisis, it’s painfully clear that Speaker Silver and members of his conference who voted for this bill do not fully support Gov. Cuomo’s plan to boost private-sector jobs and strengthen the state’s economy.
We need Gov. Cuomo and members of the Senate to remain steadfast in their support to make New York ‘Open for Business’ and reject this disastrous bill.”
Statement attributable to Brian Sampson, Unshackle Upstate executive director.