Minimum Wage Survey

Recently, we asked our community to take a survey about the federal and New York state minimum wage.

Here are the results:

1. Background: The current federal minimum wage has been set at $7.25 since 2009. There is a proposal to gradually increase the federal minimum wage to at least $12 by 2020 and then adjust it annually to increase at the same rate as the median hourly wage.

Do you think the federal minimum wage should be raised to at least $12 by 2020?

Yes) 19 respondents (79.17%)
No) 5 respondents (20.83%)

2. Background: The current New York State minimum wage is $8.75, and will increase to $9 on December 31, 2015. Governor Cuomo has proposed applying the minimum wage increases enacted this year for fast food workers to all workers. That would mean a New York State minimum wage of $15 by July 1, 2021, except in New York City, where it would be $15 by December 31, 2018

Do you think the NY state minimum wage should be raised to $15 by July 1st, 2021, reaching $15 by December 31, 2018?

Yes) 15 respondents (62.5%)
No) 9 respondents (37.5%)

3. Re>Think Local previously supported the successful 2013 effort to raise the New York State minimum wage above $7.25 and the more recent unsuccessful effort to increase the federal minimum wage to $10.10 by 2016.

Regarding increasing the federal minimum wage to at least $12 by 2020, which of the following actions by Re>Think would you most strongly support? (please pick one):

– Taking a formal position in support of the raise. 15 respondents (68.18%)
– Expressing no formal opinion, but helping connect business members to opportunities to share their perspective such as signing the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Statement. 3 respondents (13.64%)
– Taking no action. 4 respondents (18.18%)

4. Regarding increasing the New York State minimum wage to $15 by July 1, 2021, with New York City reaching $15 by December 31, 2018 , which of the following actions by Re>Think would you most strongly support?

– Taking a formal position in support of the raise. 14 respondents (60.87%)
– Expressing no formal opinion, but helping connect business members to opportunities to share their perspective such as signing the Business for a Fair Minimum Wage Statement. 3 respondents (13.04%)
– Taking no action. 6 respondents (26.09%)

November 2015.

 

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