BFMW In the News

Capital Gazette: Businesses, labor square off over minimum wage and sick leave bills

By Rachael Pacella
Capital Gazette (MD), March 1, 2013 

... The bill calls for a three-step increase in the state’s $7.25 per hour minimum wage. By July 1, 2015, the wage would hit $10. ...

Bill sponsor Del. Aisha Braveboy, D-Prince George’s County, argued that if the minimum wage had kept up with inflation it would be about $10 today. ...

David Cooper of the Economic Policy Institute said increasing the minimum wage would boost consumer spending and the overall economy.

WBAL News: MD Lawmakers Consider Minimum Wage Boost

WBAL (Maryland) News, Feb 27, 2013

By Robert Lang 

Lawmakers in Annapolis are considering raising the minimum wage in Maryland. which is now $7.25 an hour.

A bill before the House of Delegates and the Maryland Senate would boost the wage in three stages to $10 an hour by July, 2015, and it would then tie the wage to the cost of living. Additionally, workers who receive tips would get a 20% increase in their wages.

Bloomberg BusinessWeek: Higher Minimum Wage? Small Business Doesn't Mind

By Karen E. Klein and Nick Leiber
Bloomberg BusinessWeek, February 21, 2013

President Barack Obama’s recent proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour by the end of 2015 has an unlikely ally: a sizable swath of America’s 6 million small employers....  Now, with public anger over income inequality deepening and economic research challenging the notion that higher wages suppress employment, a growing number of small business advocates support a hike.

Washington Post: Wal-Mart holds back on minimum wage proposal - so far

By Peter Whoriskey
Washington Post, February 21, 2013 

… the White House argues that “modestly” raising the pay rate will not stall the jobs recovery. “A range of economic studies show that modestly raising the minimum wage increases earnings and reduces poverty without jeopardizing employment,” according to the White House press office. ...

At a White House meeting of executives of small and medium-sized business in November that covered a range of economic issues, one advocated for raising the rate.

MSNBC: Can Obama Raise the Minimum Wage?

MSNBC, Up with Chris Hayes, Feb 16, 2013

Excerpts (video links below):

Chris Hayes: You actually met with the President along with small business owners. My understanding is that this came up - specifically minimum wage.

Lew Prince, Owner, Vintage Vinyl, St. Louis: Yes. … The President sat down in the room with a dozen small business people. and literally said what can I do for you? The first thing that one of us said, the guy that owns Uncommon Goods in Brooklyn - raise the minimum wage to ten bucks. In unison the other dozen of us said yeah.

Baltimore Business Journal: Maryland businesses mixed on raising the minimum wage

By Sarah Meehan
Baltimore Business Journal, Feb 15, 2013

As state and federal legislators push to raise the minimum wage, Maryland business owners are split over how that change would impact their bottom lines.

Shortly after state representatives introduced General Assembly proposals to raise the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $10 an hour, President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address announced an initiative to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour.

CBS News: Minimum wage a bad idea? Ask execs who pay even more

By Charles Wilbanks, Alain Sherter
CBS News, Feb 13, 2013

(MoneyWatch) In issuing his call for an increase in the minimum wage in Tuesday's State of the Union address, President Obama reignited an old debate: Do such well-meaning efforts actually backfire, resulting in more unemployment and hardship for people at the bottom as businesses adjust their hiring to compensate for higher costs?

MSN Money: $9 minimum wage: Jump start or job killer?

Business leaders seem mixed about the president's State of the Union call to raise the federal baseline wage.

By Bruce Kennedy
MSN Money, Feb 13, 2013

The media and blogosphere lit up Tuesday night after President Barack Obama's call for Congress to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $9 an hour -- and to tie the minimum wage to the cost of living. ...

... But New York's governor has already proposed a minimum-wage raise in his state, and some business leaders there approve.

Post-Journal (NY): State, Federal Chamber Leaders Support Wage Increase

By Dennis Phillips
Post-Journal (Jamestown, NY), Feb 8, 2013

State and federal chamber of commerce leaders are supporting an increase in New York's minimum wage, and they're not alone. 

On Thursday, Business for a Fair Minimum Wage held a press conference call with business and chamber leaders who support the proposed hike. In January, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced in his State of the State address a proposition to increase the low-income wage from $7.25 to $8.75. ...  

Crain's Insider

By Andrew J. Hawkins
Crain's New York Business, Feb 8, 2014

... Backers of a minimum wage hike are lining up more business supporters for a hike to $8.75 an hour, including Costco and ABC Home. A full list of supporters can be found here. Meanwhile, the Business Council of New York State, which opposes any increase, acknowledged that it is looking for a compromise. 

YNN Capital Tonight: Business Leaders Call For Minimum Wage Hike

Host, Liz Benjamin
YNN Capital Tonight, Feb 7, 2013

Minimum wage advocates have some new allies in the business community. A group of business leaders and business owners from around the state have launched a new petition asking for the minimum wage to be brought up to eight-75 an hour. They are also calling for further increases tied to the cost of living, a measure known as indexing. Melanie Beam is the president of Capital District Local First and Britin Foster is the owner of All Good Bakers in Albany talk to Liz about the push.