Assembly members say they won't sign off on wage increase

ALBANY - A wage hike is already on the way for fast food workers and state employees.

However, the governor needs the legislature to sign off on a statewide move to $15 bucks an hour.

Assembly members say they won't.

Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb gathered with business owners, calling the governor's plan an economic catastrophe.

kolb maintains requiring businesses to raise their wages could cost them more than four and a half billion dollars and cost the state anywhere from 200-thousand to nearly 589-thousand jobs.

He and other lawmakers are proposing an expansion of the earned income tax credit, and creating a learning for work program for young people looking to get into the workforce.

They argue the state's minimum wage was never designed to be a living wage.

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