De Blasio Signs Order Expanding Minimum Wage

NEW YORK (AP) -

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday signed an executive order expanding New York City’s living-wage law, increasing the hourly rate to $13.13 from $11.90.

The order would immediately cover employees working on commercial projects that receive more than $1 million in city subsidies. It’s expected an estimated 18,000 workers would be covered under the law over the next five years. The current law, passed in 2012, covers about 1,200 workers.

The order also is expected to have a significant effect on fast-food and retail workers who earn a minimum wage of $8 per hour.