New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, announced this Sunday that he will propose legislation seeking to increase the state’s minimum wage to $10.50-an-hour, the highest among U.S. states. The state minimum is currently $8.75. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plan falls in line with other states and municipalities–at the behest of voters–moving ahead with increases in the face of inaction at the federal level. The debate continues however over whether anything less than $15, the new minimums first in Seattle and more recently San Francisco, is enough.
“Governor Cuomo’s proposal is also a missed opportunity to raise the wage to what New Yorkers really need,” Karen Scharff, director of Citizen Action of New York told Bloomberg News. “New York should be a national leader by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.”
Notably, Cuomo’s plan won’t give municipalities like New York City the power to determine their own increases–but it does propose to increase the city’s minimum to $11.50-an-hour.