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New York state looks to boost minimum wage by $1

New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon smiles as she sits amongst a crowd of people.
Kevin P. Coughlin Office of Governor
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governor.ny.gov
New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon sits amongst a crowd of people.

This past week, New York State Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon issued an order to boost the minimum pay for workers from $13.20 to $14.20 in counties outside of New York City, Long Island and Westchester.

The order was made nearly an hour following a required economic analysis performed by the New York State Division of the Budget. As the state’s quest for a $15 an hour work-day continues, the commissioner’s order indicates progress towards that mark.

Before the enactment of Reardon's order, it will be subjected to public comment. Citizen are encouraged to share comments and feedback on the order via email by Dec.11.

The wage increase is currently scheduled to happen on Dec. 31.

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