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Minimum Wage Goes Up Across New York State

J.M. Lesinski

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Minimum wage in New York state officially increased as of New Year’s Eve yesterday, as part of the New York State Minimum Wage Act, though the wages across the state are still far from uniform. While New York City and large fast-food chains across New York state have already reached the fifteen dollar an hour maximum, only Nassau, Suffolk, and Westchester counties will be joining them at that number.

“The Assembly Majority believes that putting families first means that every hardworking New Yorker is able to earn a meaningful wage to achieve financial independence and support their families,” said New York State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie of the minimum wage increase. “That is why in 2016, we fought tirelessly to enact legislation that would establish a meaningful plan for sustainable growth in New York's minimum wage.”

Meanwhile, upstate New Yorkers outside of the fast-food realm are only going to see minimum wage increase to $13.20 an hour, up from the previous $12.50 an hour. The official New York State Division of the Budget “Report on New York’s Minimum Wage Increases Scheduled for 2022” can be found here.

“As part of the 2016-17 Enacted Budget, the first in a series of wage increases took effect on December 31, 2016, and gradually phased in over the last six years…while this is great news for workers we know there are still inequities that need to be addressed,” Heastie went on to say. “Our fight to improve the lives of hardworking New Yorkers is far from over. In the upcoming legislative session, we will look for additional ways to grow our economy and make a difference in the lives of New Yorkers.”

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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