A bill to raise the minimum wage in New York from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour was passed by the Assembly but is stalled in the State Senate, where Republicans say the increase would kill jobs and threaten the state's fragile economic recovery.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he supports the hike, but it would be politically impossible to pass — harder, he said, than the same-sex marriage bill last year.
About 1 million New York workers currently earn the minimum wage, which is the equivalent of a full-time salary of $15,050 per year.
The minimum wage in New York — along with 22 other states, including New Jersey and Pennsylvania — matches the federal minimum wage. Both were last increased in 2009. Eighteen states, including five of the six New England states, have a higher minimum wage. (Georgia, Arkansas, Minnesota and Wyoming have a lower minimum wage. South Carolina, Tennessee, Mississipi, Alabama and Louisiana have no minimum wage.)
What do you think? Should New York raise its minimum wage to $8.50 per hour?