ICYMI: NYGOP LAUNCHING UNPRECEDENTED GRASSROOTS EFFORT TO CHALLENGE GOVERNOR CUOMO'S JOB-KILLING $15 MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE

In case you missed it in today's New York Post, columnist Fred Dicker highlights our Main Street Initiative, a statewide, grassroots effort to educate and inform voters on the detrimental effects of a $15 minimum wage increase.

NYS GOP Launching Unprecedented Grassroots Effort to Challenge Governor Cuomo's Job-Killing $15 Minimum Wage Increase

by Fredric U. Dicker
New York Post
 
State Republicans are launching an unprecedented grassroots effort to challenge Gov. Cuomo's controversial plan to impose a $15-an-hour minimum wage on all New York businesses - a near-70 percent increase and the highest in the nation.
 
The GOP project, outlined in a memo which was sent to all 62 Republican county chairs on Sunday night, seeks to mobilize Republican activists, local businesses and business groups against Cuomo's plan, arguing that it will force "many businesses to shutter their doors in what is already a high-cost, overregulated New York business environment,'' says the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
 
"Up to 600,000 jobs could be lost as a result of Cuomo's proposal,'' said state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, citing figures recently released by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative-oriented think tank.
 
"We're the party of Main Street and this will really hit Main Street hard. It's a job and business killer, as cities around the country that have done this are starting to realize, and I think we're going to be able to have a major impact,'' Cox said.
 
Check out the original piece here.
 
Meanwhile, in today's NY Daily News, Senate Republicans tell columnist Ken Lovett the job-killing proposal is a "non-starter."

No vocal support among state Senate GOP for $15-an-hour minimum wage, source says

by Ken Lovett
New York Daily News
 
No vocal support among state Senate GOP for $15-an-hour minimum wage, source says
 
Gov. Cuomo's controversial call to raise the state minimum wage to $15-an-hour did not find a single voice of support when Senate Republicans discussed the issue last week amongst themselves during a private meeting focusing on 2016 issues, insiders said.
 
"I don't think anyone supports $15-an-hour," said one senator who was at the meeting. "My perspective is it's a non-starter."
 
Even with Cuomo saying he'd support some kind of tax credits to help alleviate the costs of the higher wage on businesses, the senator said that "I don't see what kind of tax cut you would need to make up for $15-an-hour."
 
A Republican insider suggested the possibility of a compromise on a lower rate. "What that number might be, I don't know, but not $15," the source said.
 
The current $8.75-an-hour-rate is slated to jump to $9 an hour at the end of the year.
 
Senate GOP Majority Leader John Flanagan following the Tuesday meeting suggested his members were waiting to see what exactly Cuomo will propose before considering how to proceed on the issue.
 
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Date: 
Monday, November 16, 2015