Increase The Minimum Wage

Girl Scout advocates for increasing the minimum wage


Dear Editor,

In Rockland County, thousands of people living on minimum wage struggle to make ends meet. The minimum wage in New York is currently $7.25 per hour, or $15,080 per year. About 80 percent of New Yorkers support a raise in the current minimum wage.

In the past 5 years, the New York State minimum wage has only been increased by 10 cents. Our current minimum wage is not enough for families to pay for basic necessities such as rent, food, clothing, heating, transportation, medical bills, and saving for the future. At this time, it is even harder for some to live on minimum wage due to the devastation following Superstorm Sandy.

A raise in the New York State minimum wage would make the quality of life better for more than 1 million New Yorkers. Also, some people think that increasing the minimum wage could further harm the economy, or could cause job loss. However, rather than harming the economy, raising the minimum wage increases consumer spending and boosts the economy.

If the minimum wage is increased, people have more money to spend on basic necessities. It is important to raise awareness among the public about this important issue. Those who work full time should have enough money to keep up with the cost of living in New York. It is time to raise the New York State minimum wage. 

Please view my YouTube Public Service Announcement at the link provided below. In the description box, there is more information regarding the minimum wage and what you can do to help. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bB5EqmieYlM

Hannah Buckler, Girl Scout
New City

Pat Godfrey December 31, 2012 at 05:40 PM
Hannah, Thank You for taking an interest in politics and looking to help your fellow citizen. These are admirable traits. However to every law that is proposed may sound good but in the end may actually hurt more people than it helps. There are a few things that you have to think about in this situation. Most people who get minimum wage are new to the workforce. They are learning how to keep a job and get skills that will be helpful to their employer. Most are moving on to other higher paying jobs at a later date, but minimum wage jobs are a good training ground. When you raise the minimum wage you actually limit the or take away jobs for more people. Why? Well a business has only so much money to pay someone and if you raise the minimum wage then that business instead of higher 4 people will only be able to higher 3. At a McDonalds instead will have 19 employees instead of 22. Those jobs usually go to teenagers that now they won't get a chance to work there.
Jeffery Clark January 01, 2013 at 02:09 AM
Baloney mcdonalds used to be where teenagers work now head of households work there as well as at other fast food rests. Wal mart one of the nations largest employers pays min wage are all of their employees teens. Save the propaganda and get in touch with reality. Business want their profit shares to continue to increase that's why they raise prices and stagnate wages. The gap continues to widen and will ruin this country. Right to work is a right to be in poverty.
Pat Godfrey January 01, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Glad you pointed out the right to work part. What is the problem you have with it? They allow (don't ban) individuals the right to work without having to be part of a union. You feel everyone should be a part of a union whether they want to or not. Why bring up Walmart? No union. You obviously believe in unions. Now why would a pro-union person care about a minimum wage bill? What does one have to do with the other? Union workers make more than minimum wage. You and the politicians make like you care about the minimum wage worker. You don't, you only care about making yourselves richer. If the minimum wage goes up then your case will be better to raise union wages. Then you give the politicians your dues money (AFL CIO gave 14 billion to democrats last year). So you are both only after a higher pay scale for your selves and hide behind a minimum wage bill. Even using a young Hannah to help you.
Sean Devine January 02, 2013 at 06:28 AM
Pat, I hope you feel better about yourself after detracting against Hannah's statements. That I have no problem with, but your reasoning is poor. Raising the minimum wage is a good start, you can cry all you want about there being less jobs as a result or even take a stab at Unions. The income gap between the rich & poor has grown substantially in this nation since about 1980. By the mid 1970s big Unions began to loose there foot hold in regards to political and monetary support provided to the Democrat party. In order to combat the regulatory measures brought about by the Carter Administration, big business organized in order to lobby and provide financial support for politicians who sponsored pro big business bills. Due to this we have had relatively stagnant minimum wages and tax cuts for the wealthy. Heck even the tax reform of 1985 under Reagan has largely been repealed by the efforts of lobbying & financial support by big business. The income gap continues to grow exponentially as it becomes harder for there not only to have a middle class, but even a working class. You are going to need stronger reasoning to claim that raising the minimum wage to match inflation is a bad thing. History provides the best model to learn from, look at our nation's income growth for it's repsective classes from 1945-1980, and then look at the growth from 1980-2010. If you don't see a trend there, then may God help us.
Pat Godfrey January 02, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Sean, I hope you feel better about yourself using a young girl to promote your union agenda. Think about it, she talks about minimum wage and I say raising it is not a good idea. Then you and Jeffery start talking about unions. What does unions have to do with it? Union workers make more than minimum wage, what does one have to do with the other? Do everyone a favor, don't make like you care about the minimum wage when it's obvious there is another union agenda going on here.


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