ALBANY, N.Y. --- Demonstrators from across New York state gathered in Albany Thursday, calling on lawmakers to raise the state's minimum wage to $8.75 an hour. Right now it is $7.25, which many say is far too low and out of pace with the cost of living.
Governor Cuomo wants to raise minimum wage as well, but his bill doesn't have a provision that would index the wage to inflation. Demonstrators support the governor's effort, but they do want to see that indexing because it would allow the minimum wage to be adjusted each year.
"It would take us from 20th in the nation to third in the nation," said Michael Kink, the executive director for the Strong Economy for All Coalition. "I think Cuomo wants to be a national leader on some of these issues of economic fairness. That is why it is important. If you look at the real cost of living, 10 bucks or more. This gets a closer but not all the way to what workers need," he said.
Assembly Democrats tried a similar hike last year but it stalled in the Senate. Republicans there called it a job killer.