Saturday, March 3, 2012

Senate Democrats Pushing Minimum Wage Bill

Democrats in the Senate are pushing for a public hearing on the measure that would increase the state’s minimum wage and index it to inflation.

I’m told this is the beginning of sustained push on the minimum wage by the Senate Democrats, who introduced a similar, but not companion, bill to the measure that is being carried by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, D-Manhattan.

Democrats are also mad that the GOP wouldn’t consider the resolution for a public hearing. One Democratic source complained: “When they don’t want to talk about something they just ignore it.”

The wage bill would increase the state’s minimum wage to $8.50, making it one of the highest in the county.

Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos, R-Nassau County, has said he is generally opposed to the idea over concerns it would be a “job killer.”

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has not taken a stand on the measure. Silver has said the minimum wage increase stands on its own and won’t be linked to any other piece of legislation.

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