New York governor raising minimum wage for state employees

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

NEW YORK (AP) — New York's governor is raising the minimum wage for about 10,000 state workers to $15 an hour over the next six years.

Andrew Cuomo's office says that will initially affect about 1,000 office assistants, custodial workers and lifeguards in New York City, whose hourly wage will reach $15 by the end of 2018.

Another 9,000 employees upstate will see wages rise to that level three years later.

New York's basic minimum wage is now $8.75 and is set to rise to $9 at year's end.

The Democratic governor has called for a $15 basic minimum, which state Senate Republicans oppose.

A state wage board previously agreed to increase the minimum wage for chain fast-food workers in annual increments to $15 by the end of 2018 and for others by July 1, 2021.