NY GOP chair: Minimum wage hike 'good politics' for Cuomo

2013-02-19T12:13:00Z NY GOP chair: Minimum wage hike 'good politics' for CuomoRobert Harding Auburn Citizen
February 19, 2013 12:13 pm  • 

New York State Republican Chairman Ed Cox is taking aim at Gov. Andrew Cuomo again, this time over the proposed minimum wage increase.

Cuomo has proposed increasing the state's minimum wage rate from $7.25 an hour to $8.75 an hour. On this issue, Cox said the proposal is "good politics" for Cuomo, but "bad policy" for the state.

"Everyone likes the sound of higher wages, but a higher minimum wage means a higher hiring cost for businesses, and a higher hiring cost means fewer jobs, especially for lower-income youths, for whom a job represents the first rung on the ladder to being a self-sufficient and contributing member of society," Cox said in a news release.

"According to the Wall Street Journal, raising the minimum wage is bad for jobs and the economy generally, but without an exception for a 'training wage' for the young, it is an immoral disaster, especially for minority youths, whose unemployment rate is close to 40 percent."

While increasing the minimum wage might be good politics for Cuomo, it's supported by a vast majority of New Yorkers.

A Quinnipiac poll released last month found 80 percent of voters support raising the state's minimum wage. The Siena Research Institute's poll released in January found 83 percent of voters back a minimum wage increase. 

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