Zack Hutchins
Director of Communications

For Release — July 22, 2015

Business Council criticizes recommendation by fast-food Wage Board

ALBANY, N.Y.—“Today’s recommendation by the fast-food Wage Board may momentarily appease the advocates, but it is contrary to the need for long term job growth in New York State and goes against the notion that New York is ‘open for business,’” said Heather C. Briccetti, president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State. “Increasing the cost of jobs is counter-productive to actual job creation. This action will lead to increased prices, encourage more automation, and – in the worst case scenario – may force businesses to close. What we need is to enact policies that promote real economic growth, especially in the 26 upstate counties that have yet to regain the jobs they lost during the Great Recession.”