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Supporters, opponents weigh in on NYC minimum wage idea

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s idea to set higher minimum wages in some municipalities was still drawing supporters and opponents after Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo appeared to take it off the table in Albany.

Heather Briccetti of the state Business Council said differing minimum wages would create problems for businesses operating in several locations. In that case, workers with the same job title could be paid a different wage.

A representative of the National Employment Law Project said cities such as San Francisco, Washington and San Jose, Calif., have had no problem operating under a higher city minimum wage.

 “They have found that, far from creating chaos, it has boosted worker pay, helped inject new consumers into the community, and has been an important vehicle for especially high-cost areas,” said Tsedeye Gebreselassie, staff attorney for NELP, which supports de Blasio’s proposal.

Cuomo, however, said Tuesday that setting a higher minimum wage in the city would be potentially “chaotic.” De Blasio would need the State Legislature’s approval to create a separate city minimum wage.

Cuomo and the legislature last year increased the minimum wage in stages to $9 an hour over three years.


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