New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media in Havana

New York governor proposes Wage Board to raise minimum wage

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the media in Havana(Reuters) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday he would create a so-called Wage Board, a move apparently designed to allow him to raise the minimum wage without the approval of state lawmakers. Cuomo in his January budget recommended raising the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in New York City and $10.50 elsewhere in the state, only to see that proposal rejected by the state legislature. “On Thursday, I am directing the commissioner to impanel such a board, to examine the minimum wage in the fast-food industry,” Cuomo said in the editorial. “The board will return in about three months with its recommendations, which do not require legislative approval.” Cuomo said the Wage Board could “set fast-food workers on a path out of poverty” as well as ease the financial burden on taxpayers and create a new national standard.

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