NY Senate Shelves Plan To Allow Local Minimum Wage Increases


mwaA proposal to let cities in New York state set their own minimum wages has been shelved – and likely for the foreseeable future.

The state Senate’s Labor Committee voted to send the measure to the Finance Committee, a move that supporters dismissed as a delaying tactic intended to prevent a vote.

The bill, sponsored by Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, would allow local governments including New York City to set a minimum wage that is higher than the state’s minimum, which is now $8.75 and will increase to $9 at year’s end.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed for local authority to raise the wage higher in his city.

Members of the Senate’s Republican majority, however, say statewide minimums are less disruptive to the economy.



  1. Two nations between whom there is no intercourse and no sympathy; who are as ignorant of each other’s habits, thoughts, and feelings, as if they were dwellers in different zones, or inhabitants of different planets. The rich and the poor.
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