March 22, 2023 12:49 am

The Siena College Study Insititute final week released its annual survey of upstate organization leaders in New York. 

The findings showed CEOs surveyed hold a bleak view of New York’s economy amid increasing inflation, a tight labor marketplace, greater borrowing charges and a possible minimum wage enhance in the state. 

“It’s not possible to sugarcoat the findings of this survey. CEO self-confidence is down significantly from a year ago when once more reaching the low point we saw in 2020 and higher now only than for the duration of the Terrific Recession of 2008,” stated Siena College Study Institute Director Don Levy. “Only about 1 in five CEOs now say circumstances have been and will continue to increase even though about half say the opposite – circumstances have and will continue to worsen.”

The survey located a third of organization leaders strategy to expand their workforce, down from 44% a year ago even though at the identical time 82% think there is not adequate effectively educated workers. 

And the survey located by a 61% to five% margin CEOs think an enhance in the upstate minimum wage from $14.20 to $15 would have a damaging impact on the economy. 

New York state lawmakers and Gov. Kathy Hochul are weighing a possible minimum wage modify in the state spending budget. Hochul desires to hyperlink the  minimum wage to the price of inflation lawmakers want to enhance the base spend initially and then index it to the price of living. 

New York’s economy has struggled to regain the jobs lost in the quick wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Labor force participation remains at about 60%. 

For now, the Democratic-led Assembly and state Senate are not especially backing a wage hike to $21.25 in the coming years. Top rated Democrats in the Legislature hope to attain a resolution in the coming weeks even though also coalescing about a final target for the wage floor. 

“We also require to make sure that our state has one particular uniform minimum wage and really should not be topic to exceptions, and that the wage price for dwelling care workers need to stay at least $three above the minimum wage and rise with the rest of the state,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie stated. “I appear forward to functioning with our partners in government to provide this spend raise to New York’s workers.”

Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay, who on Friday amplified the Siena College survey, stated the outcomes are portion and parcel with the accelerated outmigration from the state. 

“General, this survey paints a bleak image the economy is obtaining worse and there does not seem to be any finish in sight,” Barclay stated. “If you pair the survey outcomes with the state’s shocking outmigration figures— the state lost much more than 400,000 individuals in the previous two years—it is clear some thing drastic wants to be performed.”

Not all organization owners hold the view that a minimum wage hike would be detrimental to the state’s economy. 

Supporters of the wage enhance pointed to the backing from modest organization owners, such as Annie Adams, the owner of Second Chic in Buffalo, a consignment organization. 

“When workers in our neighborhood make much more, they are going to devote much more at neighborhood firms. It will inject revenues and vitality into our modest firms,” Adams stated. “I’ve observed firsthand how investing in personnel generates organization development. Each of our locations have extraordinary followings since the group knows the inventory and adore to assistance shoppers when they are purchasing. There is no way we would be capable to develop as we have without having the dedication of our personnel – and the terrific client service they give day following day.”