Cuomo: Raising minimum wage impossible politically

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May 21, 2012

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Gov. Andrew Cuomo says it's impossible to raise the minimum wage this year because of legislative politics. But advocates for the poor say he can force a change administratively.

Cuomo says he supports raising the minimum, but that it's not in the "realm of possibility" to get the measure passed in the Republican-led Senate. Cuomo made the comments Monday on public radio's "Capitol Pressroom."

But the Hunger Action Network says his administration could force the change through a provision in state Labor Law that hasn't yet been tested.

Cuomo spokesman Josh Vlasto says the provision can't be used to raise the wage for most workers.

The minimum is now $7.25 an hour. The Democrat-led Assembly wants it increased to $8.50.

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