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.