Gov. Andrew Cuomo says local minimum wages would disrupt state economy
NEW YORK - Mayor Bill de Blasio wants to raise the minimum wage in New York City, but he isn't getting all the support he needs in Albany.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is opposed to letting individual municipalities set their own minimum wages and tax rates, arguing that it will "cannibalize" the state economy. He says that while states compete with each other economically, cities within a state should not.
The mayor announced during his State of the City address this week that he planned to ask state lawmakers for permission to enact a wage hike for city businesses.
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Cuomo and other state leaders reached a deal last year to raise the minimum wage statewide in increments from $7.25 to $9 by the end of 2015.