Governor Cuomo and Vice President Biden were together in New York to announce their support for raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour across the board. The proposal discussed implement the $15 an hour minimum wage in New York City by 2018 and statewide by 2010. We strongly oppose this proposal for a number of reasons. We issued a statement that outlines our position below:

“We are all well aware of the fact that New York is a difficult and expensive place in which to run a business. We continually rank at or near the bottom of every notable poll about competitiveness and the cost of doing business. Few thought it could get much worse. But with the announcement today of a push to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour, it is now not only more difficult for business owners, but also taxpayers.

The construction industry is always striving to find ways to be cost-effective. But by pushing for a reckless minimum wage boost, Governor Cuomo has guaranteed taxpayers will pay more to repair our crumbling roads, bridges, and sewers. The cost to repair schools, libraries and other municipal buildings will force local taxes to skyrocket due to these increased costs on public construction. Taxpayers will now be asked to subsidize the “progressive” agenda while driving on unsafe roads and bridges. It’s simply not acceptable.Rather than try to fix the problem by reducing the burden on small business enabling them to succeed through free innovative markets, the Governor has decided that New York State will once again impose its will on the backs of small business and taxpayers.”