A coalition of farmers and business groups sent a message yesterday from Cortland County to Governor Cuomo.
The Cortland Farm Bureau and Cortland County Chamber of Commerce are the latest groups against a proposed increased in the state minimum wage to 15-dollars an hour.
Speaking at CNY Farm Supply, farmers representing several generations and small business owners shared their concerns.
CNY Farm Supply owner Dave Law told WXHC he would like to pass the business on to the next generation but says a jump in the minimum wage from $9 to $15 an hour is probably too much to absorb.
He warns it could affect more than his farm customers. As an example, the price of a repair to a homeowner’s lawnmower would have to go up so much the homeowner may decide it is not worth repairing.
Many speakers said a $15 an hour wage would lead to staff cuts, fewer opportunities for entry level workers and price hikes.
This is part of a statewide effort against the Governor’s planned wage hike from being approved in Albany.