Minimum wage hike goes into effect in NY, NJ

Jo Ingles

Maine's minimum wage will increase to $10 an hour in the new year thanks to a law approved by voters in 2016.

Goodell said the earned income tax credit is targeted to those who need it most, while a minimum wage increase is across the board.

The Cuomo administration estimated that more than 2.3 million workers will be helped by the increase in the wage, which had been $9.70 per hour.




"New York has made major strides in the fight for economic equality, social justice, and workers' rights, and with the rollout of this historic minimum wage increase and the strongest paid family leave program in the country, we continue to protect the wallets of middle class New Yorkers", says Cuomo. The minimum wage for employees of smaller businesses with fewer than 11 employees will be $12/hour. And that is the same rate for smaller companies with annual gross receipts of $305,000 or less per year, after January 1, 2018. Each year, the wage is to increase with a rate of inflation. Likewise, mentoring and training allows employees the chance to rise in the ranks. When the wages increase, it makes it "cost effective" for employers to look for alternatives like self-check outs and other automated systems.

Todd Tranum, the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce President, expressed his concerns as well. And while states like OH and Kentucky have blocked wage increases, others like Colorado and Hawaii just instituted pay raises of nearly a dollar. This is the third increase for fast-food employees in NY since a state wage board recommended the pay raises in 2015.

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