County Executive Mike Hein is advocating for a $15 minimum wage for New York State.
Hein is attacking the City of Kingston and towns for not lowering property taxes after the county assumed Safety Net and elections costs. While he may have a point in this regard, a $15 minimum wage would have a devastating impact on local governments.
For the Town of Saugerties, I estimate the impact of a $15 minimum wage to be well over $100,000. I do not have numbers for the Summer Recreation Program, but a higher minimum wage will add to the already large annual deficit this program runs.
A higher minimum wage will make it virtually impossible for the town will stay within the tax cap and likely force the town to layoff many part-time/seasonal workers.
It's the height of hypocrisy for Hein to be calling on local governments to spend less while at the same time he's pushing for a massive unfunded mandate to be pushed down their throats!!!