In his State of the City address today, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said he will push the state Legislature to allow the city to independently increase its own minimum wage.
The Legislature would have to pass a bill to give localities the ability to set their own minimum wage. Senate Democrats proposed it last week.
De blasio doesn’t say how much he would want to increase it.
“Next week, we will ask Albany to give New York City the power to raise the minimum wage in all five boroughs,” de Blasio will say in his speech, according to excerpts. “In the process, we will send a powerful signal to the people of New York – that we honor work…and that we are committed to making work pay.
de Blasio also renews his call to Albany to let the city raise taxes on the wealthy to fund universal pre-k. Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to fund it through the budget.
“We will offer every child, from every borough of this city, truly universal, full-day Pre-K,” according to de Blasio’s speech. “We will provide quality extended learning programs for every middle-schooler. And for this, we won’t wait.
“We have a detailed plan to put this program into effect this September. And we will do this by asking those who make more than a half-million dollars a year to pay a little more in taxes.”