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Topics in Public Policy: $15 Minimum Wage

Defining the Debate

Scrolled through social media or news websites recently? If so, chances are you have probably encountered a variety of opinions on the topic of the minimum wage, and efforts to raise it. The Fight for $15 movement is particularly active, representing fast food industry workers, and organizing numerous protests and strikes.

Reform Efforts in New York State

In the spring of 2015, Governor Cuomo convened a Wage Board to examine the issue of the minimum wage for fast food workers here in New York State. To summarize, they concluded that an increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers to $15 per hour was warranted, citing the high profitability of fast food chains and the widespread reliance of fast food workers on public assistance, among other concerns. To allay fears about job loss or the slowing of growth due to the proposed increase, they suggested a phase-in of the new wage over several years. In the fall of 2015, the Wage Board recommendations were put into effect in New York state, despite opposition from some groups concerned with possible economic repercussions for the state and businesses.

Researching the Minimum Wage Debate

Researching this topic for a class or project? Check out this recent Siena poll for information about public opinion on this topic. Looking for articles? Check out the following databases:

In addition to database searching, you will also find a variety of government documents and some books pertaining to minimum wage policies and history by searching the library catalog.

Need Additional Assistance?

Help is available! Contact Cathy Dwyer, subject librarian for Public Policy at (518) 442-3698 or Drop in office hours also available - Mondays, 5-8pm.

Blog Created By: Rebekah Jarvis-Girtler
Image Credit: Annette Bernhardt

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