De Blasio calls for higher NYC minimum wage than Cuomo proposal

Mayor Bill de Blasio today vowed to push for a minimum wage higher than that proposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo—pushing for a an hourly wage of $13 in the city next year that would rise to $15 by 2019.

“It’s crucial to lower the expenses of hard-working people, but to be fair—nothing does more to address income equality than actually raising people’s incomes,” Mr. de Blasio said today in his State of the City Address, which focused largely on making New York City a more affordable place to live.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed a statewide minimum wage of $10.50, with an extra dollar for New York City at $11.50. But Mr. de Blasio said today that proposal does not go far enough.

The current minimum wage proposal simply doesn’t do enough to help New York City,” Mr. de Blasio said. “That’s why we will fight to raise New York City’s minimum wage to more than $13 per hour next year.”

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