Unshackle Upstate Responds to Governor Cuomo’s Minimum Wage Proposal

Posted: Sep 10th, 2015

“The Governor’s call for a $15 minimum wage statewide is a huge step backwards for the Upstate economy.
 
The businesses, non-profits, consumers and local governments of Upstate New York – where we are working hard to recover from a half century of job and population loss – simply cannot afford an unprecedented 67 percent minimum wage increase.
 
New York State is already considered one of the worst states in the nation in which to start or grow a business; this new wage mandate will only make the state’s business climate more toxic.
 
We need Albany to enact policies that will allow businesses to grow and create new jobs, not provide more reasons to leave New York for economic opportunities elsewhere.
 
The call for a statewide $15 minimum wage is another example of Albany’s failure to understand a basic reality about New York State – policies that might work in Manhattan destroy jobs Upstate.”