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For Release — May 6, 2015

Statement on Governor Cuomo's push to raise the wage for fast-food workers

ALBANY, N.Y.—“While the measure proposed by the governor is allowed under the Labor Law, it has rarely been used and we are concerned that it circumvents the legislature’s long established role in making wage policy in New York,” said Ken Pokalsky, vice president of The Business Council of New York State. “It also raises concerns about other sectors being subject to non-legislative wage mandates. In regions of New York that have yet to reclaim jobs lost in the 2009 recession, artificially inflated wages will not promote job creation. New York needs to focus on policies that enable us to produce real private sector growth.”