New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is planning to raise the minimum wage across the state, plus an additional pay bump in New York City. According to Huffington Post, Cuomo plans to submit a proposal to raise the statewide minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, while increasing New York City’s minimum wage to $11.50 an hour.
Currently, the minimum wage in New York state is $8.75 an hour, but that is set to rise to $9 an hour by the end of the year.
Cuomo’s announcement is a change for him; less than a year ago, the governor said he was opposed to allowing municipalities to have different minimum wages because, he believed, it would force communities to compete against one another.
Cuomo’s position seems to have shifted while he was trying to get the support of the progressive group, Working Families Party, and backed a proposal to allow different municipalities to set different minimum wages. New York City could have seen a minimum wage as high as $13.13 an hour.
“We applaud Governor Cuomo’s proposed increase in the state minimum wage as an important first step in the right direction,” Bill Lipton, the state director of the Working Families Party, said in a statement. “But $11.50 is almost $2 less than what he endorsed last spring. And the truth is it’s nearly impossible to raise a family in this state on even $12 or $13 an hour.”
Cuomo’s plan will most likely meet opposition in the predominantly Republican state senate.