Democrats in NYS Assembly Call For Minimum Wage Increase to $9
Democratic leaders in the State Assembly want to increase the State’s minimum wage higher than the current proposed increase endorsed by Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo.
State Assembly leaders say they're following the lead of President Obama, and are now calling for a $9-an-hour minimum wage. The current proposal is to raise the wage from $7.25 to $8.75 –an-hour.
The measure would also tie future increase in the minimum wage to increases in the rate of inflation, which means the wage would increase automatically when prices rise.
The minimum wage would increase to $9 an hour next January with inflationary increases beginning in 2015 .
Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his State of the State address in January, asked the Legislature to increase the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour.
According to a study last month from the Fiscal Policy Institute and the National Employment Law Project, A hike to $8.75 could create as many as 7,300 full-time jobs in New York.
Senate Republicans are opposed to the wage increase, saying it will hurt small businesses.
19 other states have higher minimum wages than New York does.