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Albany Budget Hung Up on $15 Minimum Wage


Jimmy Vielkind, Capital New York's Albany bureau chief, talks about final budget negotiations as the April 1 deadline approaches.

"Things are hung up on minimum wage," explained Vielkind. Governor Cuomo has put the vast majority (if not all) of his political capital into trying to get $15 minimum wage passed in the state, as well as paid family leave.

But those who oppose a $15 minimum wage point to dairy farmers (an industry that likely wouldn't be able to sustain that wage) and the median wage upstate, which in some areas is just a dollar or two higher than $15.

So there are two compromises currently being proposed: raise the minimum wage to $12/$13 upstate and index it to rise with inflation; or implement an 8 or 9 year ramp-up period to instating a $15 minimum wage rather than Cuomo's current proposal of 5 years.


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 2016-03-28  16m