There is now a proposal to raise the minimum wage in New York State even more than was originally talked about.
According to the NY Daily News, on the heels of President Obama this week calling on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9.00 an hour, State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has just introduced legislation to do the same thing in New York State.
Originally, the downstate Democrat proposed hiking the $7.25 an hour state minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. Then, in his state budget proposal, Governor Cuomo proposed raising it to $8.75.
Now, besides the proposal to raise the minimum wage to nine dollars an hour in January of next year, Silver also wants to index that wage.
That would mean that beginning in 2015, there could be an increase each year to adjust for inflation.
A number of business groups oppose raising the state's minimum wage, saying it will result in small businesses hiring fewer people.