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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo
BUFFALO — Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo today launched a campaign to raise the state's minimum wage to $10.50 per hour — and $11.50 per hour in New York City. The current $8.75 minimum wage is set to increase to $9 per hour by Dec. 31.

Cuomo was joined by labor and community leaders in Buffalo to rally for the increased minimum wage, which his office says would enable more New Yorkers to better support themselves and their families. Over the next few weeks, Cuomo and members of his cabinet will travel across the state to rally support for the proposal.

Many business and labor organizations including the Retail Council of New York State, Hotel and Motel Trades Council, 1199 SEIU, 32BJ SEIU and others support the Governor's efforts to increase the minimum wage.

“The sweetest and healthiest success is one that enables everyone to do well together – that is what community is all about,” Cuomo said. “As our economy recovers and our businesses add new jobs, we need to ensure our entire workforce has the opportunity to be part of the economic recovery and new momentum we are seeing in all corners of the State. New York has always been a leader in protecting our workers and building strong communities, and this year we must continue to move forward by fighting for fair pay and raising the minimum wage statewide.”

The New York State Department of Labor projects that the proposed increase in the minimum wage outside New York City will generate $1.5 billion annually in increased wages, with $1.9 billion annually in increased wages in New York City—tallying to more than $3.9 billion in higher wages statewide, a significant boost for the state economy.

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