ALBANY, N.Y. - In Wednesday's State of the State address, Governor Andrew Cuomo put out an ambitious plan that includes an increase in minimum wage.
The proposal calls for an increase in minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $8.75 an hour. Governor Cuomo pointed out New York is below 19 other states when it comes to minimum wage.
Cuomo believes the increase is long overdue and will reduce poverty and create more effective business practices. The new wage plan has divided Republicans and Democrats.
"I don't want to do anything that's going to hurt job creation in New York State. We have to make sure we look at our businesses, what they can afford. Is it going to be counter productive to the creation of jobs?" said Republican Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.
"It's not a job killer. It's a job creator. A report I put out last year shows by increasing minimum wage to $8.50 will create close to 5,000 jobs," said Democrat Senator Jeffrey Klein.
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