NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Governor Andrew Cuomo wants to give New York state the highest minimum wage of any state in the nation – in a move so historic that he was joined by Vice President Joe Biden for the announcement.
As CBS2 Political Reporter Marcia Kramer reported, the move was also so controversial that business leaders were already mobilizing for a fight late Thursday.READ MORE: New York Weather: CBS2’s 10/28 Thursday Morning Forecast
Appearing before an enthusiastic crowd of union workers at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, Cuomo vowed to begin what he called a march for economic justice. A fight to get the minimum wage raised to $15 per hour for every worker in the state – almost double the current rate of $8.75.
“If you work full time, you shouldn’t have to choose between paying the rent and buying food,” Cuomo said. “If you work full time, you should not live a life in poverty, period.”
Biden said economic inequality in the country has become the new normal, and that needs to end.