Saturday, January 24, 2015

190.2 - Update: NY governor to propose increase in state minimum wage

Update: NY governor to propose increase in state minimum wage

A couple of Updates about things I've talked about before.

First up, I've talked several times about the minimum wage, so I wanted to include this update.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced that he plans to submit to the state legislature a proposal to raise the minimum wage in New York to $11.50 an hour in New York City and $10.50 an hour in the rest of the state. He had earlier opposed allowing different cities to have different minimums, saying that would force communities to compete against each other, but apparently was finally persuaded that it's just significantly more expensive to live in the city than in the rest of hte state.

The minimum wage in New York is now $8.75 an hour, rising to $9.00 by the end of the year.

The Working Families Party, a recognized party in the state, applauded the proposal but was disappointed that Cuomo had stepped back from the minimum wage of $13 an hour he supported last spring. Then again, that's when he was trying to get the endorsement of the Working Families Party, and you know how that goes.

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