Empire Center to release report on $15 wage

ALBANY, NY (NEWS 10) – On Thursday, the Empire Center will release the research they’ve done on the impact a $15 minimum wage would have on each region of the state.

That’s a 67% increase from the current $8.75

Supporters of the wage board and the governor’s decision say the move is a long time coming. They say people who work hard should be able to support themselves and their families.

A coalition of businesses, both local and statewide, were at the capitol Wednesday warning the public of what would happen to their favorite shops or mom and pops if the governor got his way.

They say not only will people lose jobs, prices will go up and many businesses will be forced to shut down.

Patrick Pipino is co-owner of Ben and Jerry’s in Saratoga, he tells News 10 that 95% of his employees are between 15 and 22 years old.

He says none of them are head of household with an obligation to feed a family.

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