Labor unions and liberal-aligned groups are pushing for legislation that would allow cities throughout the state to set their own minimum wage. The campaign, called “Raise Up New York,” is urging lawmakers in Albany to reconsider its minimum wage policy.
The state recently increased its minimum wage to $8 per hours, and it will go up an additional $0.75 per hour at the end of this year, and will then go to $9 per hour in 2016.
But a number of groups believe that this does not go far enough, especially in high-cost places like New York City.
We opposed increasing the state minimum wage because of its adverse impact on businesses, especially small businesses. We think that this is an even worse idea that could create a “race to the bottom” amongst municipalities across the state.