“Housing alone is more than the entire cost of minimum wage,” he said.
New York’s minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour.
“We are out of pace with other states in the northeast that pay a higher minimum wage. We propose raising the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour. It’s the right thing to do,” he said. “It’s the fair thing to do and it is long overdue.”
Dean Skelos, the Republican leader of the State Senate, said he agrees.
He once rejected the idea, but said yesterday that his caucus will consider the governor’s proposal now that New York’s economy is improving.
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