Gov. Cuomo Urging State Legislature to Pass $15 Phased-in Minimum Wage

By Joe Gullo | jgullo@nexstar.tv

Published 02/10 2016 02:44PM

Updated 02/10 2016 02:44PM

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is urging the State Legislature to pass a $15 phased-in minimum wage this session.

According to the governor's office, the increase would affect 43,423 workers and increase their spending power by $278.3 million.

“If you work full time, you shouldn’t have to live in poverty – which is why it’s time for New York to lead the way and pass a $15 minimum wage,” Governor Cuomo said. “This report demonstrates that raising the minimum wage will provide new opportunity and restore economic justice to millions of New Yorkers. Our proposal will lift families out of poverty and create a stronger economy for all, and I urge lawmakers to help us fight for fair pay for working families this year.”

About 14,000 workers are earning the current minimum wage of $9.00 per hour.

Gov. Cuomo is proposing this schedule to increase the minimum wage:

New York City

Statewide (excluding NYC)

Min. Wage

Effective Date

Min. Wage

Effective Date

$10.50

7/1/2016

$9.75

7/1/2016

$12.00

12/31/2016

$10.75

12/31/2016

$13.50

12/31/2017

$11.75

12/31/2017

$15.00

12/31/2018

$12.75

12/31/2018

   

$13.75

12/31/2019

   

$14.50

12/31/2020

   

$15.00

7/1/2021

 

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