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Cuomo Will Bypass Senate To Increase Wage For Fast Food Workers

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New York Governor Cuomo, at a large union rally to raise the minimum wage in New York City's Union Square, called out fast food chains McDonald's and Burger King by name Thursday and accused them of “corporate greed” for underpaying workers.

Cuomo, in an animated speech, says fast food chains make huge profits while relying on taxpayers subsidies, like food stamps, to make up for the low pay they give their workers.

Cuomo says he’ll by pass the legislature and create a state board to examine increasing the state's minimum wage for fast food workers.

“I want to get out of the hamburger business,” Cuomo said. “I don’t want the taxpayers of New York subsidizing the profits of McDonald’s anymore. And this has to end.”

Cuomo also took a shot at the beleaguered Republican state Senate, which has blocked further increases in the minimum wage, saying that if “the Republican Senate doesn’t want to hear it,” he’ll act without them.

Senate GOP Leader Dean Skelos has been charged with six counts of corruption in an alleged extortion and bribery scheme, but so far is remaining as Senate Leader.

Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, whose Democratic-led house already approved a phased-in rise in the minimum wage to $15 an hour, said in a statement that it’s a “step in the right direction” but that “all minimum wage-earners in New York State” deserve a pay raise.

Last month, McDonald’s announced that it would raise its workers’ wages to $10 an hour, higher than the minimum wage in most of the nation.

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