After saying that a $13 minimum wage is a "nonstarter" earlier this year, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo prepares to announce his support for a $15 minimum wage on Thursday for all workers in New York State, The New York Times reports.
Held at the Jacob J. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, the Governor will be accompanied by Vice President Joe Biden where both Democrats will push for the current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour to be increased.
According to the New York Times, the $6.25 increase has met resistance from many Republican lawmakers in Albany who say that the steep increase would cause business owners and employers to lay off more workers and reduce their hours.
While this is not Cuomo's first approach at raising the minimum wage, the New York Governor convened a panel to study the question of whether fast-food chains were paying fair wages.
Meanwhile, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio who is also a Democrat has called for the minimum wage in the city to be raised to $15 an hour in the city and $13 an hour in the rest of the state, at which Cuomo's office responded that "any hope of getting the Legislature in Albany to approve that idea as 'a nonstarter,'" New York Times reports.
President Obama, however, called for increasing the federal minimum wage to $12 an hour, but Vice President Joe Biden is lending his support to Cuomo's proposal to increase to $15 across the state.
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