Unshackle Upstate Reaction to Minimum Wage Proposal

Posted: Jan 30th, 2012

Unshackle Upstate Blasts Minimum Wage Proposal

Statement attributable to Brian Sampson, Unshackle Upstate executive director.


“The minimum wage proposal put forth by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is ill-timed and shows a complete disregard for the private sector and the challenges Upstate New York faces in promoting private sector job creation.


It is well documented that higher labor costs reduce employment, especially among young and low skilled workers. Thankfully, Gov. Cuomo and many legislators have advocated for policies and initiatives that provide greater employment opportunities for those individuals.  In addition, raising the minimum wage will increase the costs for goods and service purchased by taxpayers, making it more difficult to make ends meet. 


If the members of the Legislature are truly committed to promoting private sector job growth and unlocking New York’s economic potential, they should reject this proposal and instead focus on enacting reforms that will improve Upstate New York’s business climate.  We need to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses, not add to it.”