Budget Deal Hikes New York’s Minimum Wage to $15 an Hour



Tatyanna McLaurin, 20, is a minimum wage worker at the Beauty Supply Store, 351 S. Salina St., in Syracuse, N.Y. McLaurin works 16 hours a week there. A minimum wage hike to $15 an hour would mean an extra $96 a week from that job. McLaurin also works 20 hours a week at a second job at a Burger King. A gradual increase in the minimum wage for fast food workers, to $15 an hour by July 1, 2021 in Upstate New York, was approved last year by a wage board appointed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo. (Michael Greenlar | mgreenlar@syracuse.com)

From Mike McAndrew at Syracuse.com / 03.31.2016:

New York’s minimum wage will gradually climb to $15 an hour  under a budget deal the New York State Senate reluctantly agreed to support Thursday, but Upstate workers will have to wait longer to reach that pay rate.

The Republican-controlled Senate agreed in conference to a state budget deal that includes raising the minimum wage to the highest rate in the nation, said Sen. James Seward, who said the Senate plans to vote on budget bills Thursday night.

Under the deal, the minimum wage will gradually rise from the current $9 an hour to $15 by Dec. 31, 2018 in New York City.