Minimum wage and living wage

Increasing New York State’s Minimum Wage

April 18, 2012. Testimony presented at the New York Senate Democratic Conference’s public forum by Frank J. Mauro.… (read more)

Which workers will benefit, if the New York minimum wage is raised to $8.50 an hour?

February 17, 2012. This brief estimates how many workers will benefit (a million!) and breaks down the data by demographic category. It shows how many live in New York City, versus how many live in the NYC suburbs and upstate, and also includes an estimate of the positive job creation impact of an increase in the minimum wage. The brief is part of the Numbers that Count series, in which FPI presents and analyzes new data on New York’s economy.… (read more)

N.Y. minimum wage doesn’t stretch as far as it used to

February 12, 2012. An op ed by Frank Mauro, Poughkeepsie Journal.… (read more)

Raising New York’s minimum wage will boost the state economy

January 30, 2012. The change would directly benefit about one in six of New York workers – that is, 1.6 million low-wage workers – and their families. Most (90 percent) of these low-wage workers are adults and a greater share are women, black or Hispanic than for New York workers overall. The minimum wage in New York is low by historical standards – at one time it could keep a family of three out of poverty – and in comparison … (read more)

Testimony on the Living Wage before the New York City Council Committee on Contracts

November 22, 2011. FPI’s James A. Parrott delivered testimony detailing the following points: There is no evidence from other cities to show that living wage ordinances are harmful either for workers directly affected or for the broader local economies. The Charles River Study is seriously flawed in both its labor market and its real estate analyses, and should not be used to inform decisions on this issue. The City should return to the question of how its considerable economic development … (read more)

Bloomberg Administration Releases Flawed Living Wage Study

October 5, 2011. Working together, the National Employment Law Project, FPI, and Good Jobs New York find that the study released today ignores basic flaws flagged months ago, flaws in both factual assumptions and research methodologies. And, the study’s relevance is questionable, since it fails to account for changes to the living wage proposal announced this month, which clarify that the proposal will not cover the most of the project types comprising the bulk of the study. The study – … (read more)

Analysis: EDC Living Wage Study Irrevocably Flawed

May 12, 2011. Economists and other experts conclude study is an “inaccurate and unreliable guide for policymakers.” In fact, substantial research shows that living wage policies create good jobs without hurting the economy. Press release >> Brief >>(read more)

Top ten reasons a living wage makes sense for New York City

May 5, 2011. Among the reasons to support an expanded living wage: the rising educational attainment yet falling real wages of New York City’s low-wage workers, and a sharp rise over the past two decades in the number of working poor. The City Council will hold a hearing on May 12 on legislation to extend the city’s living wage law to cover large subsidized economic development projects. Press release and policy brief.… (read more)

New Analysis of Subsidized Projects Finds Low Wages Common: City subsidies exceed $2 billion annually

March 8, 2011. A report from FPI, Good Jobs New York and the National Employment Law Project examines the low wages typically paid for many of the permanent jobs at city-subsidized economic development projects such as Bronx Gateway Mall, Fresh Direct and Yankee Stadium. An update of analysis originally conducted last May, the study finds that significant numbers of low-wage jobs are being created with New York City tax dollars, jobs for which starting pay is as low as the … (read more)

Federal minimum wage boost affects 123,000 New Yorkers – but only slightly

July 23, 2009. On July 24, an estimated 123,000 New York workers will benefit when the minimum wage rises from the state’s minimum of $7.15 an hour to the new federal minimum of $7.25 an hour. The minimum wage in New York will still lag that in 13 other states and the District of Columbia. And, a full-time worker will still not earn enough to keep a family of three out of poverty. Press release with data >>(read more)