Lawmakers, Cuomo Mull $15 Minimum-Wage Compromises

ALBANY (AP) -

Several possible compromises are being discussed as lawmakers and Gov. Andrew Cuomo negotiate a deal on the governor’s proposal to enact a $15 minimum wage.

Potential changes to Cuomo’s proposal include a slower phase-in of the increase. Cuomo wants to gradually raise the wage from $9 to $15 over three years in New York City and over six in the rest of the state.

Other ideas including exempting farms, small businesses or teen workers from the wage mandate. Another option would be to temporarily halt the scheduled increases in the event of a recession.

Cuomo has made the $15 wage his key priority for the year and wants lawmakers to include it in a state budget deal expected to be worked out by April 1.