Gov. Andrew Cuomo doesn’t appear inclined to grant Mayor Bill de Blasio’s request to grant the city control of its own local minimum wage–setting the stage for another major policy disagreement between the state’s leading two Democrats.
Speaking on The Capitol Pressroom radio show this morning, Mr. Cuomo was directly asked whether he favored Mr. de Blasio’s plan, which would give the city the freedom to raise the minimum without Albany’s permission. Though he didn’t reject it outright, Mr. Cuomo suggested a potentially “chaotic” and “unproductive” situation would emerge if every city set its own wage laws. Continue reading “Cuomo Cool to de Blasio’s Minimum Wage Push”→
Mayor Bill de Blasio declared today in his State of the City address that he will urge state lawmakers to grant New York City the power to raise its own minimum wage, setting up yet another struggle between progressives and right-leaning lawmakers in the state.
Queens Councilman Eric Ulrich, currently a candidate for the State Senate against Joe Addabbo, announced he supports legislation to increase New York State’s minimum wage to $8.50 this evening. The move places him on the opposite side of the issue than Majority Leader Dean Skelos and the Republican conference, who steadfastly oppose the legislation.
“People are hurting in Queens and the current minimum wage simply isn’t enough to make ends meet for families here,” Mr. Ulrich said in a statement. “Single parent households are especially hit hard by the rising cost of living in New York. The bottom line is that there simply aren’t enough hours in the week at $7.25 per hour to pay the rent or mortgage and to buy the basic household items they need. I have listened to both sides of this argument, but one truth resonates more than any other: If we don’t take this action, too many families are going to go under.”