Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that New York will be raising it minimum wage to $15 per hour for all state employees. This increase will put New York’s public employees well ahead of other states on their minimum wage rates.
Gov. Cuomo stated that the increase is being made out of “basic fairness and basic justice,” as people who work full-time should “not be condemned to live in poverty.” At the current minimum wage rate of $8.75 per hour (which will increase to $9.00 per hour on December 31, 2015), a full-time worker (one who works forty hours per week) earns a little over $18,000 per year.
The increase will occur gradually, with State workers in New York City earning $15 per hour by the end of 2018, while State workers outside New York City will see the wages rise more slowly, hitting the $15 per hour rate by the end of 2021. The increase is expected to affect about 10,000 state employees, including 1,000 in New York City alone.