NY Farmers: Defeating $15 Wage Is Top Priority

ALBANY (AP) -

The organization representing New York’s 35,000 farms says defeating Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed $15 minimum wage is its top political priority of the year.

New York Farm Bureau Dean Norton said that a $15 minimum would put the state’s agriculture industry at a competitive disadvantage with states like Pennsylvania, where the minimum is now $7.25 an hour.

The Farm Bureau estimates Cuomo’s plan would cost farmers $500 million in added labor costs each year.