Some have said that Michael Arcuri's proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $7.25 makes no sense as a campaign issue in the New York 24th District race for Congress, because New York State already has a good minimum wage that will rise to $7.15 next January.
These detractors are missing the larger picture.
First of all, raising the federal minimum wage is the right thing to do. No matter where they live, Americans deserve to get a fair wage.
Secondly, raising the federal minimum wage will help workers in New York State, because the minimum wage in New York State will soon be raised to $7.15. How is this possible? Having a wide gap between the New York State minimum wage and the minimum wage in other states acts as an incentive for businesses to relocate to other states. That hurts workers in the other states and in New York State. Having a better minimum wage across America that meets the New York State standard benefits workers and businesses that want to stay in New York State alike.
Mike Arcuri knows this, and that's why he's made his proposal. The other day, Arcuri explained, "We don't want to create an incentive for businesses and jobs to leave the state because the minimum wage is lower in other places."
Politicians like Ray Meier who oppose raising the minimum wage will only benefit big businesses in states like Mississippi and Arkansas that don't value working families. Let's not let New York slide down to the low standards of those states. Ray Meier has no place representing New York's 24th District in the US House of Representatives. Let him go down to Toadsuck, Arkansas and run for Congress there.