Cuomo to Empanel Board to Address Minimum Wage

NEW YORK (AP) -

Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday proposed a plan to get a minimum wage hike for fast-food workers that doesn’t require legislative approval.

In a New York Times op-ed, Cuomo noted that state law empowers the labor commissioner to investigate whether wages in a specific industry are sufficient. If they’re not, a wage board can recommend a wage hike.

Cuomo said he will direct the commissioner on Thursday to set up such a board. The panel will give its recommendations in three months, and they won’t require legislative approval.