Cuomo to empanel board to address minimum wage

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing a plan to get a minimum wage hike that doesn't require legislative approval.

In an op-ed letter in The New York Times ( ), Cuomo says he will direct the state labor commissioner to examine the minimum wage in the fast-food industry.

Cuomo notes that state law empowers the labor commissioner to investigate whether wages paid in a specific industry or job classification are sufficient to provide for the life and health of those workers. If they're not, a wage board can be chosen to recommend what adequate wages should be.

Cuomo says he'll direct the commissioner to set up such a board.

The board will give its recommendations in about three months, and they won't require legislative approval.

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