Cuomo fights to raise minimum wage

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced a new campaign aimed at raising the minimum wage.

Cuomo launched a “Fight for Fair Pay” campaign on Tuesday. He believes minimum wage should be $10.50 per hour in Upstate New York and $11.50 per hour in New York City.

The current minimum wage is $8.75 an hour and will increase to $9 an hour by the end of 2015.

But Cuomo said the economy is moving faster than the increase. He said raising the minimum wage will not only help families but the economy, too.

“It will do two things in my opinion,” he said. “First, it will improve business by and large. This is not a question of helping some people with expensive business. We’re going to help the economy. Why? Because when you raise the minimum wage, it’ll pump about an additional $3 billion into the economy.”

Cuomo and members of his cabinet will travel across the state over the next few weeks to rally support for the pay increase.

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