LIVE: Minimum Wage Forum

Proponents of the wage hike say higher minimum wages increase employee retention, decrease worker reliance on taxpayer subsidized public assistance programs like food stamps, and stimulate consumer spending throughout the economy. Opponents of the minimum wage increase stress that the real effects are negative: they hurt businesses, raise prices and ultimately are counterproductive for the working poor, as they can lead to unemployment. City & State will host leaders to discuss the pros/cons and impacts of changing the minimum wage.


8:00am -- Registration & Breakfast

8:45am -- Opening Remarks from Alphonso David, Counsel to Gov. Andrew Cuomo 

9:15am -- Economics & Perspectives: Leaders weigh in on the economic impacts of increasing the minimum wage in New York. Interested parties weigh in on how the minimum wage increase will affect businesses and workers in New York.


State Senator Jack M. Martins, Chair, Labor Committee

Assemblywoman Michaelle C. Solages 

E.J. McMahon, President, Empire Center for Public Policy

Hector Figueroa, President, 32BJ

Carlo Scissura, President & CEO, Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Paul Sonn, ?General Counsel, National Employment Law Project