Legislative leaders emerged from a one-hour closed-door budget meeting Monday afternoon and gave little detail on the deal they hope to reach by night’s end.
While budget negotiations occur in private, Cuomo and lawmakers have been trying to reach a compromise on raising the state’s $7.25 hourly minimum wage and have discussed a three-year plan to gradually phase in a hike to $9. Democrats in the Legislature have pushed for the increase, while Republicans have expressed concern about its impact on small businesses and had eyed a lower “training wage” for teenagers who work part time.
Silver didn’t close the door on the training wage. “Everything’s on the table,” he said.
Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos said: “A training wage, in our opinion, would help young people, especially within the minority community, to get jobs and not to get laid off.”
The leaders predicted there would be a deal Monday.
“I think everything is very civil,” Skelos said, “so I do believe we’re going to get closure, hopefully today, and get the bills introduced tomorrow.”