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In New York, where Democratic legislators are pushing to increase the state minimum wage to $8.50, a majority of Republicans support the move, with an overwhelming 78 percent of New York voters wanting to see an $8.50 minimum wage and just 17 percent opposed. But the bill is being declared dead anyway, thanks to opposition in the Republican-controlled state Senate and neglect from Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo.

The Siena College poll of New York registered voters finds that 58 percent of Republicans want to see the minimum wage raised, as do 64 percent of self-described conservatives; the plan draws support from 88 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independents, meanwhile. A Quinnipiac poll last month found similar numbers.

But while Cuomo claims to support raising the minimum wage in theory, he has not supported the actual plan introduced to do so. And, as the New York Times notes, "the Republican majority in the State Senate has derided the proposal as a job killer." This divide between Republican politicians and voters is what you get when you take a Republican and expose him or her to a high volume of lobbying by low-wage businesses. It's certainly not a view supported by reality: studies comparing job statistics in cities and states that have increased their minimum wage above that of neighboring areas show that raising the minimum wage does not cost jobs. Additionally, when low-wage workers have more money to spend in their communities, local businesses reap the benefits.

New York's Republican legislators they don't have economic reality as an excuse for opposing a minimum wage increase. Multiple polls make clear they also don't have the support of Republican voters. But that doesn't matter, because what they do have is the New York state Senate. So working New Yorkers earning a wage they can't live on are out of luck.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Mon May 14, 2012 at 02:42 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  asdf (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoregon, maf1029

    People need 2 stop voting 4 Rs. They don't work 4 us regular people.

    Vote4 Rs if u like moldy crumbs or worse.

    The radical Republican party is the party of oppression, fear, loathing and above all more money and power for the people who robbed us.

    by a2nite on Mon May 14, 2012 at 02:48:50 PM PDT

  •  Raising minimum wage always benefits (0+ / 0-)

    local communities. it's never a lose/lose.

    "Such is the irresistible nature of truth that all it asks, and all it wants, is the liberty of appearing." - Thomas Paine

    by blueoregon on Mon May 14, 2012 at 03:02:41 PM PDT

  •  Stopping popular votes has always been an R (2+ / 0-)
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    a2nite, Mannie

    interest as long as they have control over the NY Senate. For them their discipline allows them to disenfrancise all of the rest of New Yorkers and get deals they could never otherwise get. It's not new news that they do this. I was there thirty years, and they always did it. The subject matter fo the bill does not matter, only the power they can project by controlling or killing it and other bills. Where did you think Mitch McConnell leared it from.

  •  In other words... (4+ / 0-)
    But while Cuomo claims to support raising the minimum wage in theory, he has not supported the actual plan introduced to do so.
    ...he's against it.  

    If we can't get supposedly progressive Democrats to support policies that enjoy broad support from across the ideological spectrum, how are we supposed to win anything.  What's more, as long as high-profile Democrats can't unite behind a policy, we'll never be able to make Republicans pay for taking unpopular positions.  

    Politics is the art of the possible, but that means you have to think about changing what is possible, not that you have to accept it in perpetuity. @DavidKaib

    by David Kaib on Mon May 14, 2012 at 03:50:02 PM PDT

  •  Cuomo is a corporate tool (3+ / 0-)
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    Mannie, LI Mike, Big River Bandido

    He whines way too much and is a consummate back room dealer for his own best political interests.  He is not a leader...he's a paid tool.  Adds are constantly being run on radio throughout the state by a business PAC touting his actions.  Public radio frequently reports on his poll numbers and drool over his inevitable run for President.  Cuomo is a firm believer in austerity. Cuomo is not a friend of public union employees.  In no way does he reflect his fathers progressiveness. And he does rule w/a heavy hand.  This guy will be dangerous to good government and human beings.  Owners of corporations will love him and he will be well funded.

    •  I live in NY (1+ / 0-)
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      What BrianParker14 said.

      •  NY here too and Ditto! (0+ / 0-)

        I can't even allow myself to type what I think of Cuomo.

        Only NICE thing I will say is he still looks better than that bat-shit crazy idiot repug candidate from Buffalo who Cuomo beat!

        "Stupid is as stupid does" - The republican motto you can believe in as they live it daily!

        by Mannie on Mon May 14, 2012 at 08:50:05 PM PDT

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