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New York minimum wage push spurs broader national debate, faces obstacles at home


ALBANY, New York — New York's move to raise fast-food minimum wages to $15 is spurring similar efforts around the country — even as Gov. Andrew Cuomo's push to enact an across-the-board $15 wage faces opposition at home.

Fast-food workers in 18 states have modeled a campaign after New York's to create citizen "wage boards" to pressure elected officials to raise the wage in their state.

Michigan state Sen. Bert Johnson, a Detroit Democrat, says New York shows a $15 minimum is achievable.

Last month Cuomo's administration approved a gradual $15 minimum for fast-food workers. The Democratic governor supports a $15 minimum for all industries.

Business owners say that would be devastating and the Business Council of New York State estimates it would cost New York businesses $15.7 billion annually.

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