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Statement on Minimum Wage Increase

posted by Brian Kolb on Tuesday December 31st 12:05pm

“The Assembly Speaker’s position ignores existing state law that ties New York’s minimum wage to the federal standard, and disregards legislation passed less than a year ago. If the Assembly Democrats want a “do-over” on bills from 2013, we ought to start with the SAFE Act and move forward.

Accelerating the minimum-wage increase hurts job creation and stifles business growth. Speeding up the rate hike will result in fewer entry-level jobs in the marketplace at a time when we desperately need more employment opportunities and an improved business environment.


New York’s minimum wage will increase in two days. Only in Albany will someone ask for a second raise before they’ve even gotten the first.” 

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Assemblyman Kolb represents the 131st Assembly District, which includes Ontario County and parts of Seneca County. Brian Kolb was first elected to the New York State Assembly in a special election held in February 2000 and has been overwhelmingly re-elected ever since.
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