NY Minimum Wage Increase Would Affect Millions

Sep 27, 2015

Even with minimum wage increases cropping up around the nation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's $15-an-hour proposal stands out for directing so much more money to so many workers.

Cuomo wants to phase in a minimum wage jump from the current $8.75 to $15. This would come on top of the $15 minimum wage the governor has already secured for New York's fast food workers.

Cuomo engineered the fast food raises though administrative actions. But for a broader $15 minimum wage, he plans to introduce a bill in the state Legislature, where Republicans in control of the state Senate have already voiced opposition.

The Fiscal Policy Institute says there are close to 3 million workers in New York state now making under $15 an hour who could benefit from the governor's new proposal.

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