The Empire Center for Public Policy and the American Action Forum examined the impact of raising the statewide minimum wage to $15, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed. The report also looked at the potential job losses created by increasing the minimum wage to $12 across all industries.
"Our report shows that a massive increase in the minimum wage would actually hurt the very low-wage, low-skill workers it is supposed to help," said E.J. McMahon, president of the Empire Center. "The impact on job creation and employment opportunities would be substantial in every region of New York, especially upstate."