Cuomo Talks Minimum Wage, 2013 Budget At SUNY Purchase

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PURCHASE, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo told students and faculty at SUNY Purchase Thursday that he is confident New York State will raise the minimum wage in 2013, but wouldn’t speculate if his proposed increase to $8.75 will remain in the 2013 budget.

Cuomo’s proposed $142.6 billion budget for 2013 increases minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75. The state legislature must approve a budget by March 31 and Cuomo said he believes they will meet that deadline for a third consecutive year. He said if the minimum wage provision isn’t included in the final budget it will be done right after.

“I’d like to get it done in the budget,” he told reporters after his speech Thursday. “If it’s not done by April, we’ll get it done by June.”

Minimum wage has increased 10 cents per hour in the last six years, going from $7.15 to $7.25 an hour in 2009. The New York State Assembly passed legislation on Tuesday that, if approved by the State Senate, would increase minimum wage to $9 an hour, with automatic increases tied to inflation.

The governor also noted the budget has not been passed on time in three consecutive years since 1984 when his father, Mario Cuomo, was governor.

“My father got two budgets done on time, this would be my third budget done on time,” he said. “Not that I want to be competitive with the old man.”

Cuomo outlined several initiatives in the proposed budget, which include providing funding to make pre-kindergarten full-time and extending school hours and/or the school year. Cuomo said the state would leave the decision to the 700 school districts in New York State, but would incentivize them to increase the time students spend in school by covering 100 percent of the cost of any additional school time.

“Other countries spend more time educating their children,” Cuomo said. “I believe we need to move in that direction of more school time.

School aid represents 28 percent of state spending, or $20.8 billion. This is a year-to-year increase of $611 million. Cuomo said Thursday this doesn’t yield enough of a return on job creation because students with the “next great idea” take it out of state because of New York’s high taxes. Cuomo proposed creating New Innovation Hot Spots, a public private partnership that would allow a new business developed in school to pay no taxes while it grows. In return, the business would have to commit to stay in New York and hire New Yorkers.

“They’re not commercializing New York because we still have this hangover reputation of being bad on businesses,” Cuomo said. “That business while it is growing will pay no taxes whatsoever. So they can’t get better deals because they won’t be paying any taxes period.”

The Business Council of Westchester has also addressed the issue of youth leaving Westchester County and the state after school.

Cuomo said he will not sign a budget that has any new taxes and that reforms to health insurance and pension costs will reduce the cost of business by $1.3 billion this year. 

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Raisong the minimum wage is just vote pandering- between the un-SAFE gun legislation and this, new york is done.

If you think that jobs are hard to find now, just wait till the minimum wage goes into effect. There will be LESS jobs. Companies are cutting back now and will have even a better excuse to do so. On top of that next year the "affordable heath care act" goes into full effect.

Wow, what a bunch of naysayers posting here. You are obviously in the minority, since the governor was duly elected. You are entitled to your opinions, but why not try cooperation rather than instantly crying "no" to everything? We are one America and things aren't all black or white, as in good guy/bad guy. God bless America--all America.

God bless America--all America. I guess you haven't listened to Rev. Jeremiah Alvesta Wright, Jr., have you? The trouble with your statement is that it IS black and white.

Wow, what a bunch of naysayers posting here. You are obviously in the minority, since the governor was duly elected. You are entitled to your opinions, but why not try cooperation rather than instantly crying "no" to everything? We are one America and things aren't all black or white, as in good guy/bad guy. God bless America--all America.

Cuomo is losing his luster fast. He's just another wealthy, totally out of touch politician (Democrat but some Republicans are no better) who thinks he knows what is best for the rest of us.

Just look at the states, counties and other municipalities that are run by Democrats. Unsustainable pension and labor costs, oppressive taxes (NY, CA, Chicago to name a few) and ridiculously liberal gov't entitlement mandates.

I feel for people who are trying to survive on minimum wage today. It's impossible because it's just too expensive to live here. I earned minimum wage years ago and it was tough then but now it's virtually impossible. It's better to be on assistance because if you work minimum wage you cannot get any other help so it's a vicious cycle.

Good decent people who want to work but those who can only earn minimum wage at first have no chance. Transportation, housing, food etc costs are through the roof. Unfortunately the answer is not raising the minimum wage. It's helping the working poor where and when they most need it, instead of penalizing them for working!

It's time for government to tighten it's belt the way the most people are forced to to today. Americans have experienced their own sequester for years. The government and the so called leaders of this state and country haven't felt the pain yet. It's about time they did. And let's vote them out of office next time around too.

I know I've previously written that the minimum in NY should be $15/hour, but thinking it over, maybe it would be best to eliminate a minimum wage on all levels (Federal and all states). Then a good worker can negotiate wages with his/her employer.

The minimum wage increases everyone's costs. The worker who isn't worth what the minimum wage pays is a drag when he/she is on the dole from the gov't. What someone earns and agrees to work for is no concern for anyone but the employee and the employer. You can refuse to work for what's offered or you can quit but working for less than the state approved minimum doesn't bother anyone else. If you can do a difficult job and do it well, you'll earn much more than the minimum wage.

Cumo's report card grade: F-

stick a fork in him...he's done!

Good job, NY, electing yet another phony, elitist, statist Dem as our governor. Another job-killing, leftist progressive who will make sure all manufacturers and job creators leave NY. And this joke thinks he is some sort of national figure? Yeah right.