New York Governor Announces Minimum Wage Hikes, Tax Cut for Middle-Class

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces minimum wage hikes, tax cuts

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced economic justice programs for the middle-class including minimum wage hikes, tax cut, and paid family leave policy.

For seven years, the governor has been implementing progressive policies for the benefit of New Yorkers.

In a statement, Gov. Cuomo said, “New York has made major strides in the fight for economic equality, social justice and workers’ rights.” According to him, the state’s paid family leave policy is the strongest in the United States.

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“New York believes in a fair day’s pay for a fair day’s work and no family member should have to choose between caring for a loved one or [and] losing their job. This victory will help restore fairness and equality to working families across New York,” said the governor.

New York minimum wage

In April 2016, Gov. Cuomo signed into law a legislation authorizing a $15 per hour minimum wage statewide. The law set the schedule and amount of wage increases based on the location of workers and industry. In some cases, the wage hike is based on the size of the company.