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Monday, March 14, 2016

N.Y. Small Businesses Weigh In On Proposed Minimum Wage Hike

Tim McAtee, owner of Dry Hill Ski Area in Watertown, said if the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour, his business will close. (Julia Botero)

Tim McAtee, owner of Dry Hill Ski Area in Watertown, said if the minimum wage reaches $15 an hour, his business will close. (Julia Botero)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants the state to be the first in the nation to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour. The proposal is taking center stage in the state’s budget negotiations.

While New York City gets most of the attention on an economic policy like this, many small businesses in more rural parts of the state are having a hard time seeing the increase as a good thing.

Julia Botero from Here & Now contributor North Country Public Radio spoke with low-wage workers and businesses to get an idea of what they’re thinking about the wage hike.

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