Business Group ‘Adamantly Opposed’ to Cuomo’s $15 Wage

ALBANY (AP/Hamodia) -

A leading business group says it remains “adamantly opposed” to Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposal, repeated during his state of the state address on Wednesday, to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

Heather Briccetti, president and CEO of the Business Council of New York State, said such an increase would be particularly harmful to the upstate economy.

“Its impact will be especially significant among young and low-skilled workers seeking entry-level jobs, and in areas upstate that have yet to recover losses sustained during the Great Recession,” she said in a statement.

If approved, the $15 minimum would be the highest state wage floor in the nation.

The Business Council also has concerns about Cuomo’s proposal for paid family leave, a measure which would grant up to 12 weeks of paid time off for workers caring for sick loved ones or a new child.