Cuomo: Minimum Wage Fight Tougher Than Same-Sex Marriage Law
ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Gov. Andrew Cuomo says the proposal to raise the minimum wage won’t happen this year because there is a “broader and deeper divide” over the issue than even the legalization of same-sex marriage he championed.
Cuomo made the comparison Tuesday when asked if he has done all he can to raise the wage, which he says he supports.
He also said he won’t test a possible administrative remedy to raise the minimum wage through the state Labor Department. Cuomo says the provision of labor law has never been used to raise the minimum wage and that the working minimum has always been raised through the Legislature.
The Republican majority in the Senate strongly opposes raising the minimum wage and says it will eliminate jobs.
The minimum is now $7.25 an hour. The Democrat-led Assembly wants it increased to $8.50.
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