Cuomo's 'Fight for $15' blurs lines between policy, politics

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has mounted an aggressive effort to raise the state's minimum wage to $15, a push bankrolled by organized labor that is borrowing tactics from election-year campaigns.

The "Fight for $15" includes television ads and a series of rallies around the state featuring the Democratic governor, who arrives in a union-owned recreational vehicle.

The work is helping to burnish Cuomo's liberal credentials amid a national debate over the minimum wage and a resurgent progressive movement reflected in the presidential candidacy of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Cuomo says his plan to gradually raise the wage from $9 to $15 will help millions struggling with economic insecurity. Republicans and many small business owners, however, say he's using the cause for political gain.