Last week, the Senate Democrats held a hearing to make the case for increasing the state’s minimum wage – set to increase to $8.75 per hour in 2015 and $9 per hour in 2016 — to at least $10.10. The Senate Democrats also support allowing local governments to set higher minimum wage rates to account for differences in the cost of living in different parts of the state.
Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins said:
“Minimum wage earning New Yorkers, despite their hard work and often having more than one job, continue to struggle to make ends meet. The Senate Majority’s failure to adequately raise the state’s minimum wage has hampered economic growth and severely limited the purchasing power of millions of families throughout our state. Local governments should be provided the authority to address the needs of their constituents, and I urge the Senate Republican/IDC Coalition to pass this common sense legislation immediately.”
I can’t help but think “Didn’t New York just increase the minimum wage?” The latest minimum wage increase hasn’t even been fully phased-in yet, and now they are pushing for another increase.