Saturday, January 30, 2016

Lotta' Po' Folk Here

     Wages in NNY are well below the state average, at $757 a week in Jefferson County. That's about $400 a week below the state average.
     That's about $18 and change per hour, so the $15 wage will help achieve the worker's paradise and compress the pay gap in the lower echelons of the NNY economy.
      Given these numbers, many public employees comprise the economic elite in the region. 
       There's a lot of people struggling. Those are the people who when caught in a seat belt roadblock find the fines a true hardship, while the state puts out press releases on how many tickets are written.
http://www.watertowndailytimes.com/news03/weekly-wages-in-north-country-fall-below-state-national-averages-20160130

16 comments:

Anonymous said...

Recently one of the unfortunates in the Theresa Area, had a Dirty license plate, he mailed it in his fine was $200.00

Anonymous said...

In the past, you seemed to understand the folly of the $15 edict in the parts of the state that Spitzer refereed to as "Appalachia". So I don't know why you said it will compress the pay gap?
In the next five years, when Air Brake leaves and the rest of the industries leave, there will only be $15 per hour jobs left. But there will also be MANY more people earning ZERO, which means there is a much larger gap.

Anonymous said...

Since when have you been advocating for the wage increase just because the "media antagonist" don't want you know support it?

I was against it before I was for it.

You have let this last election sour you terribly

Anonymous said...

We have practically one cop for every citizen in this county. Its not just the occasional fines that kill the po folk, its the fact that when they have road blocks, many poor people will be certain to drive through several of them, several times per day. Like the losers that work at the mall, will drive by the road block set up at the I81 off ramp and then when they leave out the back mall road, they drive by the one set up at the National Grid switch yard.

I know what your thinking. "Who cares about drug murders in the city, and cocoa whippin in the kitchen, when we got people driving around with their inspections past due by a month.

Anonymous said...

733.. Your point is right on but lets go to the scource.. These kind of Petty laws are sponsored by your local Sheriffs and supported by your publicity seeking politicans>
The article is really about our poor underpaid people of the North Country not tickets from an overlawed state. While our local politicans Ms Ritchie, Mr Griffo and Mr Blankenbush try to twart and attempt to give people a decent living wage by just constantly voting no and campaigning against these wages.
Articles like the one the other day about the JCID warning about the 15 hour wage are very decieving. This wage dosnt take place until I think for six years and done slowly over a period of time.
The Republcians like Finley, Byrne, Nelson,Reed are all puppets of the Republcian Party and would continue the fight to keep our poor , poor.
This is very consistant in that party. Gouverneur has a legislator who is constantly downing people working for the County Doss and trying to in his words Gut the very department who handle everyday affairs with the poorer clas of people. Travis Damm is a man who has a retirement in excess of $70,000 and if hes on Social Security he is probably making another $20000.. These are the Republican hacks who are living a good prosperous life and attempting to keep living it at the expense of people with little or no money.

Anonymous said...

Spare us the partisan BS, 8:56. Democrats are well represented in the silver spoon department. When you attempt to make this a partisan issue, you sound like the idiot you are. The real reason the less fortunate remain that way is government itself, not a particular party. Why would a thinking person try to better himself when the safety net provides a standard of living above what can be achieved by work? The system is designed not to lift people out of poverty, but to keep people mired in it. Blame can be shared. Government has only one real goal, and that is to grow. We love our police, so we hire as many as we can. We love state agencies, so we grow them as much as possible. Why, let's just say you may be the next hack to get a job at the State Office Building. There's always hope. Schools get fatter, public sector jobs expand, and growth in the social services is obvious too. We love government. To pay for so much government, we tax workers. That keeps them down. We like it that way. I don't see where there is a problem here. The problem is not everyone can work for a politician, the state, the schools, social services, or a police agency. If they could, we would all be making decent money, and petty money grabs like roadblocks would be affordable by all.

Anonymous said...

Usually, but not always, a dirty plate means the cop clocked you driving 80 in a 55 but gave you a break by writing it up as a non moving violation instead. This does not mean I am not in favor of cutting our police force in half and having them put 90% of the left over labor on nights and weekends. But it does mean I call BS on the dirty plate complaint.

Anonymous said...

Sorry 10:44 the Dirty Plate was not BS, true story......

Anonymous said...

The Air Brake is going to leave in five years because their $14 starting jobs will become $15... Yeah right...

When you have no logic, just make $h*t up!

Anonymous said...

12:47, What you are saying is the Air Brake only has to pay their people a dollar an hour more than fast food workers will make, to do a job that is 10X's as: hot, hard, dangerous, grueling, dirty, loud and requires 20x's the skills. That is an interesting opinion you hold. Do you teach full time or just teach a couple courses at JJC part time?

Anonymous said...

Imagine you are an employer, and the absolute worst, lazy, shiftless, just kicked off welfare, has to work employee makes 15-. Then imagine what a decent hard working employee will cost. If you don't understand the dynamics of business, then please stand in line A.

If you do understand, then pack up your kids, and pets and get the hell out while you still can. There's money to be made all over this country, and NY is the worst of them all. Combine maximum wages with maximum taxes and you have : Coumo Land.

Those who remain are best advised to vote for maximized nipplement.


Anonymous said...

Nope, 2:25. I am employed at the JCIDA.

Anonymous said...

Same difference, 4:58. You're just another politically connected silver spoon leach. Congrats to you.

Anonymous said...

Fast food workers will not have full time jobs with benefits and retirement.

I also don't work for any ABC Corp... :D

Anonymous said...

9:48 I suspect you are responding to sarcasm as if it were a literal statement. You tend to do this all the time. You should switch parties and become a donkey. You already have the brain dead part down pat.

Anonymous said...

None of them work at the JCIDA!