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Newsday: Minimum wage increase, early voting by mail among new New York State laws for 2024

By Michael Gormley
Newsday, Dec 26, 2023

ALBANY — Millions of New Yorkers will see a little more in their pay beginning Jan. 1 as the minimum wage rises to $16 an hour in most areas including on Long Island, with future raises tied to increases to inflation. ...

Supporters, however, say raising the minimum wage will help boost the economy.

“Minimum wage increases turn into spending on food, car repairs, school supplies and more,” said Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce. “Small businesses thrive when the people who...

KTAR News: Minimum wage hike will positively impact Arizona businesses

By David Veenstra
KTAR News (Phoenix), Dec 26, 2023

Arizona and 21 other states will see a minimum wage increase on Monday. ...

Many companies across the country are in favor of an increased minimum wage, citing the benefits of consumer spending and employee well-being.

“Minimum wage increases are a great way to start the new year,” Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, said in a press release. “They help workers put food on the table and keep a roof overhead and they boost the consumer spending that businesses depend...

The Business Journals: A wave of minimum wage increases is on the way in 2024

By Andy Medici
The Business Journals, The Playbook, Dec 22, 2023. In multiple city business journals across the U.S.

Minimum wages are going up in dozens of cities and states on Jan. 1, in large part because of automatic increases set by legislation. ...

“Minimum wage increases are a great way to start the new year,” said Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, in a news release. “They help workers put food on the table and keep a roof overhead, and they boost the consumer spending that businesses depend on. Fairer...

FingerLakes1: Minimum wage set to increase on January 1

FingerLakes1, Dec 22, 2023 

New York State is gearing up for a significant increase in the minimum wage, setting the new standard at $15 per hour [upstate] starting on January 1. The plan includes subsequent raises of 50 cents over the next two years and provisions to index the minimum wage to inflation annually starting in 2027. ...

Business perspectives also vary, with some owners, like Annie Adams of Second Chic in Buffalo, embracing the increase as a strategy to reduce employee turnover and boost local spending. ...

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Eater: Austin Food Experts Honor the Restaurants Making a Difference in the Community: From advocating for better pay to fundraising for disasters

By Erin Russell
Eater Austin, Dec 22, 2023

... Pat Sharpe, restaurant critic, Texas Monthly:

Adam Orman, the owner of L’Oca d’Oro has been a tireless advocate and eloquent spokesman for better pay for restaurant employees for years. Just recently he was quoted here in support of a bill introduced into Congress to gradually raise the federal minimum wage to $17 an hour. (It was last increased 14 years ago, so it’s way overdue). ...

Jane Ko, blogger, A Taste of Koko:

Adam Orman at L’Oca d’Oro is still continuing the good work with Good...

Washington Times: 25 states will hike minimum wage in 2024

By Sean Salai
The Washington Times, December 21, 2023

Hourly workers in half of the states will see minimum wage increases in 2024 ...

Such increases are “essential” as long as the federal minimum wage remains stagnant at $7.25 an hour in the face of high inflation, said Holly Sklar, CEO of the advocacy group Business for a Fair Minimum Wage.

“Unfortunately, federal minimum wage increases have been too little, too late in recent decades and [have] fallen further and further behind the cost of living,” Ms. Sklar added. ...

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El Diario NY: Cambios en el salario mínimo en Nueva York dentro de 11 días: los valores pactados para 2024

By Federico Trabucci
El Diario NY, Dec 21, 2023

Los empleados en Nueva York, Long Island y Westchester están a punto de experimentar un cambio significativo en sus ingresos. Para 2024, se espera que el salario mínimo en estas áreas alcance los $16 por hora. ...

Salario mínimo 2024: perspectivas de expertos

Holly Sklar, de Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, destaca que estos aumentos son el resultado de leyes progresivas y de iniciativas electorales. A pesar de los avances, reconoce que la situación económica presenta desafíos. ...

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La Opinión: Unos 25 estados en EE. UU. recibirán aumentos salariales en el 2024

By Arlenys Tabare
La Opinión (Los Angeles), Dec 19, 2023

Para el próximo año se espera que al menos 25 estados en Estados Unidos perciban un ajuste en el salario mínimo, los cuales algunos entrarán en vigor a partir del 1 de enero otros en julio y a finales del 2024. ...

Para Holly Sklar, directora ejecutiva de Business For a Fair Minimum Wage, un grupo que aboga por salarios básicos más altos, los aumentos en los salarios mínimos son buenos tanto para los trabajadores como para la economía en general.

“Si bien el...

CBS News: Minimum wage hikes will take effect in 2024 for 25 U.S. states

By Aimee Picchi
CBS News Money Watch, Dec. 19, 2024

Millions of workers nationwide could be in line for a pay hike next year, with half of U.S. states planning to boost their minimum wages in 2024. ...

Increasing the minimum wage is both good for workers and the overall economy, said Holly Sklar, CEO of Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a group that advocates for higher baseline wages. 

Low-wage workers who get pay hikes "boost the consumer spending that businesses depend on," she said in a statement. "While the federal minimum wage falls...

Yonkers Times: Business Owners Welcome Jan 1 New York Minimum Wage Increases

By Dan Murphy
Yonkers Times, Dec 18, 2023

On Jan. 1, New York’s minimum wage will increase to $16 in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County, and $15 for the rest of the state as the first step under New York’s minimum wage raise passed earlier this year. Business owners across New York are welcoming the minimum wage increases, saying they will boost consumer spending and bolster New York businesses.

New York’s minimum wage will continue to increase by 50 cents a year for the next two years, until it reaches $17 in New...

FingerLakes1: Coalition of NY businesses embrace minimum wage hike

FingerLakes1
December 17, 2023

New York State’s minimum wage is set to rise to $16 in New York City, Long Island, and Westchester County, and $15 for the rest of the state on January 1, a move welcomed by business owners across the state. ...

Business leaders across the state, including Phil Andrews, president of the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce, and Annie Adams, owner of Second Chic in Buffalo, have expressed support for the wage increase, highlighting its potential to boost consumer spending and improve local economies.

Business owners like Michael Lastoria...

Long Island Business News: On Long Island, minimum hourly wage set to increase to $16 on Jan. 1

By Adina Genn
Long Island Business News, Dec 11, 2023

Beginning Jan. 1, the minimum hourly wage on Long Island, New York City and Westchester is set to increase to $16 an hour. ...

Organizations supporting the wage increase include the Long Island African American Chamber of Commerce and the New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Coalition.

“Small businesses thrive when the people who are our customers have more money to spend. Low wages, on the other hand, lead to high employee turnover, which is costly for businesses in recruiting and training new...

Lohud/ Yahoo News: How will 2024 minimum wage hike affect Hudson Valley businesses?

By Alexandra Rivera
Lohud/ Rockland/Westchester Journal News, Dec 11, 2023. Also in Yahoo News, AOL.com

New York's minimum wage will increase to $16 in New York City, Long Island and Westchester County in January ... Many business owners across the Hudson Valley are in support of the minimum wage increases, including Jessica Galen, owner of Bloomy Cheese and Provisions in Dobbs Ferry.

She ... is a part of the New York Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Coalition, which is comprised of more than 300 businesses across the state. The group has advocated for an...

Associated Press (AP): Solid US hiring lowers unemployment rate in latest sign of a still-sturdy job market

By Christopher Rugaber
Associated Press (AP), Dec 8, 2023

U.S. employers added a healthy 199,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate fell, fresh signs that the economy could achieve an elusive “soft landing,” in which inflation would return to the Federal Reserve’s 2% target without causing a steep recession. Friday’s report from the Labor Department showed that the unemployment rate dropped from 3.9% to 3.7%, not far above a five-decade low of 3.4% in April. ...

Aaron Seyedian, owner of a small cleaning company based in Takoma Park, Maryland, says his business is still...