RBA Statement on $15 Minimum Wage Proposal

Rochester Business Alliance President and CEO Bob Duffy issued the following statement in response to Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal for an across-the-board $15 an hour minimum wage in New York:

Duffy said, "As the proposal moves forward, Rochester Business Alliance urges Governor Cuomo to consider the impact an across-the-board $15 an hour minimum wage will have on businesses, jobs, and consumers.  RBA members consistently tell us that to keep up with an increased minimum wage, they will be forced to cut jobs and hours and increase prices.  If this wage hike is enacted, Rochester Business Alliance asks for an equal offset from the state for all impacted businesses in the form of tax cuts and workers' compensation and unemployment insurance savings. An equal or greater offset of savings for businesses can make this situation a win for all sides."