NY Senate Shelves Local Minimum Wage Increases

ALBANY (AP) -

A proposal to let cities in New York state set their own minimum wages has been shelved — and likely for the foreseeable future.

The state Senate’s Labor Committee voted to send the measure to the Finance Committee, a move that supporters dismissed as a delaying tactic intended to prevent a vote.

The Democratic bill would have allowed local governments to set a minimum wage that is higher than the state’s minimum. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has pushed for the bill. Members of the Senate’s Republican majority, however, say statewide minimums are less disruptive to the economy.