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Small Business Owners Ask NY To Reject $15 Minimum Wage Plan

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Small-business owners are striking back against New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's plan to implement a $15 minimum wage, which would be the highest state minimum in the country.

Business owners from around New York gathered at the Capitol in Albany Tuesday to urge lawmakers to reject Cuomo's proposal. A vote is expected in coming weeks.

They say the wage increase would devastate the state's economy by raising prices and reducing employment.

Plumbing business owner Art Price says a $15 minimum would force businesses to reduce hours.

Cuomo's proposal would be phased in over three years in New York City and six years upstate. He's offering some tax relief to businesses to ease the transition, though business owners say it's far too little to offset a big jump in wages.

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Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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