Speaker Silver Calls For Faster Increase In State Minimum Wage
ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) said Monday that he wants to accelerate the state’s scheduled minimum wage increase to $9 by 2015 and tie it to the inflation rate.
Silver said he will introduce legislation to do so.
The state Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo approved increases to minimum wage when they approved the state budget last March.
Minimum wage will be increased to $8 an hour, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate. It will rise again at the end of 2014 to $8.75 an hour and again at the end of 2015 to $9 an hour. But the increases will come without inflation adjustments.
Silver said “poverty is not a fair reward” for people who work full time.
Workers who receive tips in the restaurant and hospitality industry were not included in the state minimum wage increase. Those who receive tips may remain $5 an hour, with employers able to raise the maximum tip credits to $3 an hour the first year, $3.75 the second and $4 after that for service workers whose combined tips and wages meet or exceed the new higher minimums.
Democrats in Congress are expected to push in 2014 for increasing the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour.
Check Out These Other Stories From CBSNewYork.com:
- A Royal Milestone: Britain’s Princess Charlotte Christened
- Organizers Blame Sandy Storm Damage For Canceled Seaside Heights Fireworks Show
- U.S. Gets Its Revenge, Blitzes Japan For Record Third Women’s World Cup Title
- Astoria Residents React After Greece Votes ‘No’ To Europe’s Bailout Offer
(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)