New, higher minimum wage kicks off for New Yorkers

People hold signs and chant slogans in front of a McDonald's during a rally supporting a $15-an-hour minimum wage in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015. Fast-food cooks and cashiers are striking today, joining home care and other workers in pressing for a more livable wage. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — If you make minimum wage, you’re waking up this morning a little bit richer.

Starting today, you’ll be making $9 an hour. That’s up 25 cents from the previous $8.75.

If you work in fast food, it’s even more than that. You’ll now be making a whole dollar more: $9.75 an hour.

That only applies if you work at a restaurant with at least 30 chains nationwide.

Tipped workers, like waiters and waitresses, will also see quite a hike.

They’ll go from making $5.65 to $7.50 an hour.

This is all part of Governor Cuomo’s push to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour across the board.

That’s a proposal lawmakers will debate in the coming year.

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