Jan 9 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo called on
Wednesday for raising the state's minimum wage by nearly 21
percent, to $8.75 an hour.
"It is long overdue," Cuomo said during his State of the
State address. "We should have done it last year."
New York's current rate of $7.25 an hour is below that of 19
other states, he said. On Jan. 1, 10 U.S. states increased their
minimum wage rates by between 10 and 35 percent.
Lawmakers in neighboring New Jersey passed bills late in
2012 to ask voters whether the state ought to hike the minimum
wage to $8.25 per hour from the current $7.25.
But the legislators must approve the measure again this year
before it goes on the ballot.