BFMW In the News

Pittsburgh Tribune Review: Minimum wage raise toll estimated

By Craig Smith
Pittsburgh Tribune Review, July 24, 2012

Excerpt: Tuesday marks the anniversary of the last federal minimum wage hike in 2009. ...

Some small business owners believe the raise is overdue.Today's minimum-wage workers have far less buying power than their counterparts in 1968 when the minimum wage was at its highest value of $10.55 adjusted for inflation, according to Business for a Fair Minimum Wage, a national network of business owners and executives. 

American Forum: Mark Jaffe, Minimum wage increase will improve the business climate

Op-Ed By Mark S. Jaffe
President and CEO, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
Distributed by American Forum, June 2012

Our mission at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce is to improve the business climate and quality of life in New York. And raising the minimum wage will do just that.

That’s right – a minimum wage increase will improve our business climate, not hurt it. It will help local businesses grow and prosper. And it will improve the quality of life for New Yorkers.

Albany Times Union: Margot Dorfman, USWCC, Wage hike would help women

By Margot Dorfman, CEO, U.S. Women's Chamber of Commerce
Albany Times Union, June 9, 2012

While some portray debate over the minimum wage as a fight between business and workers, raising the minimum wage is in reality good for both. The business owners I talk with every day believe that, far from hurting their businesses, raising the minimum wage in fact helps small businesses and the broader economy.

Buffalo News: Jonathon Welch, Minimum wage increase would help small businesses

Op-Ed By Jonathon Welch

Buffalo News, June 6, 2012

The best way for state legislators in New York to support small businesses is to help us get our customers back.

Unfortunately, many policy-makers in Albany are trying to support small businesses by blocking policies needed to boost consumer demand. A case in point is the current proposal to raise the state minimum wage, which the Republican leadership in the State Senate has refused to consider even after the Assembly approved an increase.

Read more:

Buffalo News: On minimum wage, let's end the absurdity

By Rod Watson
Buffalo News, May 31, 2012

From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department:

The State Senate’s Republican leader opposes hiking New York’s minimum wage because paying workers more means they’d lose some government benefits.

Really. That’s among Majority Leader Dean Skelos’ objections to the idea that New Yorkers be able to lift themselves out of poverty by working hard. ...

Syracuse Post Standard: Martin Rothenberg, Hike in minimum wage good for business, good for workers

By Martin Rothenberg
Opinion Today, Syracuse Post-Standard, May 31, 2012

I have been a small business owner in Syracuse since 1991. My first company, Syracuse Language Systems, developed and sold multimedia software, and grew from a start-up with a few employees to 120 employees when it was sold. My present company, Glottal Enterprises, makes medical electronics for speech and voice diagnosis and correction that is sold worldwide. It presently has five employees, but we are growing.

Yahoo News: Y! Big Story: What the minimum wage gets you

By Vera H-C Chan
Trending Now, Yahoo News, May 30, 2012 

What does $7.25 an hour get you?

These days, barely two gallons of gas. You'd probably have to work 30 minutes to enjoy a tall Frappuccino (maybe more if prices keep going up), although that's an indulgence when a box of diapers would cost about two hours of labor.

As the economy slowly rebuilds itself, talk about raising the minimum wage is, well, on the rise, and it has taken on more urgency in cities, states, and at the national level: