Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today there is a wider gap among the various factions of the Legislature when it comes to raising the state’s minimum wage than there was when same-sex marriage was being debated.
Speaking after a news conference announcing an overhaul of the New York Racing Association, Cuomo was asked why he hasn’t been able to shepherd through a minimum wage increase in the way he was able to for same-sex marriage.
“This is broader and deeper a divide,” Cuomo said.
He continued: “I believe it’s broader and deeper. I believe it’s a political, philosophical divide. Marriage, in some ways, was more of a personal judgement for people on the personal values. I’ve had a number of long conversations with many legislators on this. I understand both sides. You understand my position. I don’t believe we’re going to be able to bridge that gap in this remaining period of time.”
Assembly Democrats have passed a bill that would increase the hourly wage from $7.25 to $8.50, and tie future increases to inflation. Senate Republicans have labeled it a job killer, but haven’t completely ruled out a compromise. Cuomo, meanwhile, says he supports a wage increase, but doesn’t believe a deal will be had this legislative session.
Here’s some (admittedly raw) video of Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver discussing the minimum wage: