"Running a business and keeping people employed in and of itself is challenging, additional costs and mandates from New York State make it even more hard".
Maine's minimum wage will increase to $10 an hour in the new year thanks to a law approved by voters in 2016.More news: Erica Garner, Activist Daughter Of Eric Garner, Dies At 27
Minimum wage increases are expected to have a "ripple effect" in OH, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer, as businesses increase wages for entry level employees, they typically also raise the wages of those in the upper tiers, such as supervisors and managers. That's why the Assembly passed sweeping changes to the state's minimum wage laws to help lift working families up - because far too many people are struggling just to get by.
The hikes are part of a plan to gradually increase the minimum wage for fast-food workers to $15 an hour.More news: Turkey signs deal to buy missiles from Russian Federation
"By moving to a $15 statewide minimum wage and enacting the strongest paid family leave policy in the nation, ny is showing the way forward on economic justice", said Cuomo.
Additionally, it's important to note that increased wages may lead to a stronger economy. The increases were spread out over a few years to give businesses time to adjust. The increase will be phased in over a longer period for workers in the rest of the state. When the wages increase, it makes it "cost effective" for employers to look for alternatives like self-check outs and other automated systems.More news: IDF Retaliates After Gaza Rocket Hits Kibbutz Sha'ar HaNegev
Along with a new policy implementing paid family leave that begins Monday, Cuomo said the initiatives "continue to protect the wallets of middle class New Yorkers".