NY minimum wages set to rise a year’s end

FILE- In this July 22, 2015, file photo, activists cheer during a rally after the New York Wage Board endorsed a proposal to set a $15 minimum wage for workers at fast-food restaurants with 30 or more locations in New York. The first question in the GOP presidential debate on Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, whether the minimum wage should go to $15 an hour, showed that U.S. workers have managed to thrust the issue of pay onto the presidential campaign agenda. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — With New York’s minimum wage for most workers rising by a quarter to $9 an hour on Dec. 31, the minimums for workers at fast-food chains and the state government are going higher.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered a hike to $10.50 an hour for state employees working in New York City and to $9.75 elsewhere.

The governor’s office says that will affect about 2,000 people.

It also tracks the Cuomo administration’s decision to raise wages for about 200,000 fast-food workers in New York at chains with 30 or more restaurants nationally.

Both groups are scheduled for additional incremental raises reaching $15 over three years in the city and over six years elsewhere.

The governor’s office says that will affect about 10,000 state workers and cost annually about $20.6 million.

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