Last week, a coalition representing New York’s restaurant and business communities – which Unshackle Upstate is a part of — announced the creation of the Save NY Restaurants coalition, which is opposing Gov. Cuomo’s appointment of a wage board to investigate and make recommendations on an increase in the minimum wage in the fast food industry.

New York – especially Upstate — is a difficult place to start and grow a successful business. Employers must deal with stifling regulatory burdens and live with sky-high property and income taxes, and an ever-shrinking consumer base. The Department of Labor’s wage board is just another end-around assault on New York’s small businesses and the latest example of the Empire State’s hostility towards employers. Restaurants make up the fabric of Main Street economies from Buffalo to Binghamton and Unshackle Upstate is proud to stand with these vital contributors to the Upstate economy,

Be sure to check out the KeepNYOpen.com web site, which details some of the harmful impacts that a minimum wage increase will have on the state’s restaurants.