What else can we say but “there they go again.” Last week, thestate Assembly passed a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour in New York City and Westchester and Nassau counties by 2019, and to $12.60 per hour elsewhere in New York State. It would also increase the minimum cash wage payment for tip-earning food service workers to $12.50 downstate and $10.50 elsewhere.
Unfortunately, those Assembly members who supported this proposal just do not seem to understand that you can’t legislate prosperity. For those employers who want to expand their businesses and create new jobs, another minimum wage increase is going to make that even more difficult than it already is
Albany needs to focus on improving the state’s business climate — not make it worse.