Minimum wage hike faces new challenges
ALBANY When New York legislators return to Albany next week, they will face new challenges in the proposal to raise the state’s minimum wage.
The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes raising that to $8.75 an hour, while Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver wants it raised to $8.50 then linked to inflation.
But a year’s worth of rallying and negotiations has at least been given pause now that President Barack Obama has proposed raising the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour.
The battle in New York will be in the Senate. Republicans who share control of the majority want to see how Obama’s effort fares first.
Cuomo also prefers a nationwide minimum wage increase so states are not pitted against each other.