News, views and commentary on Long Island, state and national politics.
ALBANY - Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is expected to propose Thursday a $15-an-hour minimum wage for all workers, according to two state officials.
Cuomo is expected to announce his proposal to the state legislature at a news event with Vice President Joseph Biden in Manhattan. The announcement is listed only as "economy" on Cuomo's schedule.
Cuomo appears to be embracing a bill proposed by the state Assembly's Democratic majority, but which is opposed by the Senate's Republican majority.
Cuomo spokesman Rich Azzopardi declined to comment.
Cuomo's wage board recently approved a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers, which Cuomo's labor commissioner is expected to accept.
Assembly Democrats for months have pushed for a $15 minimum wage for all workers.
The current statewide minimum wage is $8.75 an hour. That is scheduled to increase to $9 on Dec. 31.
Cuomo has previously said he doubted the Assembly's proposal for a $15 statewide minimum wage would pass the Senate. Cuomo instead had proposed raising the minimum wage to $10.50 with an $11.50 wage for New York City because of its higher cost of living.
Cuomo used his executive power to create a wage board to raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers after the legislature failed to agree on a bill this year. A statewide minimum wage increase would require Senate and Assembly approval.
Cuomo's announcement Thursday will come on the same day the Senate's Republican majority holds a hearing in Albany that will question Cuomo's use of a wage board to raise the fast-food minimum wage.
Raising the minimum wage has been a top priority of the Working Families Party, which endorsed Cuomo in his 2014 re-election bid after an internal struggle within the influential minor party.