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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

State Sen. Rob Ortt
State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-North Tonawanda, opposed Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announced plans to push for an increase in the minimum wage today.

Cuomo announced the effort to increase the state's minimum wage from the current $8.75 to $10.50 this morning in Buffalo. The wage is already set to increase to $9 by year's end.

Ortt said the increase would result in layoffs and hurt small businesses in a statement released to the press this afternoon.

His statement follows in its entirety:
Raising the minimum wage misses the point, said Sen. Ortt (R,C,I-North Tonawanda).

Minimum wage jobs should be temporary, not careers and not used primarily to raise a family.

Increasing the minimum wage will only increase labor costs, which means layoffs. Instead of hurting small businesses, non-profit agencies and workers, we need job training, incentives to hire, and most importantly, we need job growth. When we view it in this fashion, we can create an economy of good-paying jobs beyond the minimum wage that provide for families.

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