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For Release — September 10, 2015

Business Council statement on Governor’s minimum wage proposal

ALBANY, N.Y.—“Today’s action by the acting Labor Commissioner, and subsequent endorsement of a statewide $15 an hour minimum wage for all workers by Governor Cuomo, while not unexpected, are still deeply disappointing,” said Heather C. Briccetti, Esq., president and CEO of The Business Council of New York State, Inc. “A $15 an hour wage is a significant increase from the $11.50 proposed by the Governor and rejected by the Senate earlier this year and would likely have a negative impact on job creation and individual businesses. We look forward to working with our allies in the Legislature and the business community to ensure such a drastic increase is avoided.”