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General News    H3'ed 7/23/15

New York Plans $15-an-Hour Minimum Wage for Fast Food Workers

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'A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo recommended on Wednesday that the minimum wage be raised for employees of fast-food chain restaurants throughout the state to $15 an hour over the next few years. Wages would be raised faster in New York City than in the rest of the state to account for the higher cost of living there.'

With this move, NY will bring its minimum wage up to a livable wage, at least for some workers.  But the effect is expected to spillover to other job categories as well.  The panel recognized that benefits paid to supplement non-livable wages were an indirect subsidy for some of the richest corporations on Earth and that was simply not affordable for city and state governments anymore.  A few jobs might disappear, but those were probably going to be replaced with automation in a few years anyway, and weren't 'real' jobs since as much as half the indirect income came from government not the job.  Now at least, employers will do what they are supposed to be doing - providing a wage that people can actually afford to live on.

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