Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed raising New York’s minimum wage to $10.50 an hour and boosting the baseline for hourly pay in New York City to $11.50.
The measure, announced by Cuomo at a news conference in Manhattan Sunday, stops short of giving Mayor Bill de Blasio the control he has sought over raising the wages in the most populous U.S. city.
“When you get a job, that job has to pay enough for you to pay for food” and housing, Cuomo said. “The wage gap is continuing to grow.”
New York’s minimum wage is currently $8.75 per hour and will rise to $9 on Dec. 31 under a deal Cuomo struck with lawmakers in 2013. The federal minimum is $7.25 an hour. Cuomo said $10.50 would be the highest minimum set by a state. Read more here.