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Money Talking

Minimum Wage Is Going Up & Wall Street Bonuses Are Going Down

Friday, December 20, 2013

From a fast-food, minimum wage worker to a banker on Wall Street, a lot is changing in what people are getting paid. 

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Gabfest Radio

The Puzzling Will Shortz Edition

Friday, December 06, 2013

On this week’s episode of Gabfest Radio, Political Gabfest panelists Emily Bazelon, John Dickerson, and David Plotz discuss whether the botched rollout of Obamacare will destroy progressivism and whether Congress is likely to raise the federal minimum wage.

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WNYC News

Can Workers Live in New York City on $7.25 an Hour?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Hundreds of fast-food workers all over New York City and in cities across the country say no.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Changing New Jersey's Minimum Wage

Monday, November 04, 2013

New Jersey's most contentious ballot questions this year proposes that the minimum wage rise from $7.25 to $8.25 an hour, and amends the state constitution to trigger cost-of-living increases based on the Consumer Price Index, effectively tying minimum wage to inflation. Thomas A. Bracken, New Jersey Chamber of Commerce's president and CEO, who is part of a coalition against the proposed amendment; and Milly Silva, 1199SEIU executive vice president, running with Sen. Barbara Buono as candidate for lieutenant governor of New Jersey, debate the measure.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Candidate Bill Thompson

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bill Thompson, former NYC Comptroller and one of the Democrats running for mayor, discusses the latest news from the mayor's race.

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WNYC News

Budget Accord Reached as NY Lawmakers Fill In Details

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders agreed to a framework for a new state budget late Wednesday evening, but say they are still working out many of the details.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Four Men in a Room

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

State budget negotiations have produced a tentative deal to raise the minimum wage to $9/hr by 2015 and to increase taxes on those New Yorkers making over $1 million per year. This year Governor Cuomo, Speaker Silver and Senate Republican Leader Skelos are joined by Democratic Senator Jeff Klein, who shares leadership with Skelos. Ken Lovett, Albany bureau chief for The Daily News, discusses the latest on the budget, expected this week.

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The Takeaway

Minimum Wage Proposal Divides Business Owners, Economists

Friday, February 15, 2013

Will an increase in the minimum wage, as President Obama is proposing, help or hurt workers and the economy? A small business owner says it'll make it harder for him to hire, but an economist says that raising the minimum wage won't increase unemployment.

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Money Talking

Money Talking: What Should the Minimum Wage Be?

Friday, February 15, 2013

President Obama wants the minimum wage to increase from $7.25 to $9 an hour. Too much?  Too little?  What's the right wage?

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WNYC News

Minimum Wage Hike Stands Better Chance in 2013

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Governor Cuomo has proposed raising the minimum wage as part of his budget plan. That tactic might make it easier for the proposal to become law.

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WNYC News

Cuomo Begins Outlining Agenda for Next Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo says he wants backing from the State Senate on a number of issues he’s dubbed his “litmus test,” including raising the minimum wage and reforming New York City’s stop-and-frisk policies, as well as campaign finance reform. 

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WNYC News

Workers Rally for Increase in Minimum Wage

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Workers, politicians and unions trying to draw attention to the plight of low wage workers rallied at Herald Square. It was all part of national day of action that took place in 30 cities across the country.

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The Takeaway

Reduced to Minimum Wage: A Firefighter's Struggle

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

What would you do if your salary was reduced to that of a teenager working at McDonalds? To hundreds of public officials, this scenario has become a harsh reality.

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The Empire

Backers of Minimum Wage Hike Continue Push as Session Winds Down

Friday, June 01, 2012

With 2-1/2 weeks left in the legislative session, those in favor of raising New York’s minimum wage are still pushing to get the bill passed this session.

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The Empire

Sharp Divisions Remain in Albany Over Minimum Wage

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Albany remains sharply divided on a bill that would raise the minimum wage – a day after Governor Andrew Cuomo, who backs the measure, said he “wouldn’t bet” on a resolution any time soon.

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The Empire

Cuomo on Minimum Wage Bill: 'I Wouldn't Bet on It'

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Governor Andrew Cuomo doesn’t have much hope lawmakers will approve a bill to raise the minimum wage before the end of the current legislative session on June 21.

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The Empire

NYS Catholic Bishops Push Min Wage Increase

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the New York State Catholic Conference called on lawmakers in Albany on Thursday to pass, “a modest increase” in the state’s minimum wage, currently set at $7.25.

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WNYC News

State Starts Hearings on Raising Minimum Wage

Monday, April 23, 2012

Supporters of a bill to raise New York’s minimum wage made their case to state lawmakers on Monday in Harlem, at a hearing called by Assemblyman Keith Wright. He and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver are sponsoring legislation that would raise the minimum wage in New York to $8.50 an hour, up from $7.25.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Road to Minimum Wage

Friday, April 13, 2012

Hilary Klein, lead organizer of Make the Road New York, and Luna Ranjit, executive director of Adhikaar, a Queens-based Nepalese support group, talk about their efforts to organize service workers, like manicurists and car wash attendants, for minimum wage and better working conditions. 

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WNYC News

NY, NJ, CT Politicians Seek Minimum Wage Increase

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Legislative leaders from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut are pushing a novel, unified approach to promote higher minimum wages, hoping to spur a national movement and eliminate a major argument of opponents in the Northeast who say hikes hinder a state's competitiveness.

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