Last week, the Wage Board looking at pay in the fast food industry said that it will recommend a “substantial” hourly pay increase for fast food workers, but did not say when or whether the increase would be the $15 per hour that many advocates are seeking.

The state’s current minimum wage is $8.75 per hour; it will increase to $9 per hour. Gov. Cuomo proposed raising the minimum wage to $11.50 in New York City and $10.50 elsewhere in the state, but the Legislature did not approve the proposal.

The wage board is expected to make a final recommendation later this month, and we are extremely concerned about the impacts a Wage Board-imposed pay increase will have on other employers.

Our position is that rather than mandating higher wages for low skill, entry level jobs, New York State should promote private sector job creation by reducing taxes and regulatory burdens.  Mandating a substantial minimum wage increase will result in fewer jobs for fast food workers and higher prices for consumers. Does that make any sense at all?