- Associated Press - Monday, June 22, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The board considering a minimum wage increase for New York’s fast-food workers is holding its final scheduled hearing before issuing its recommendation.

The Wage Board is scheduled to hear from workers, labor experts and business owners at Monday’s meeting at the Legislative Office Building in Albany.

The board was asked by Gov. Andrew Cuomo to recommend whether to raise the wage for the fast-food industry later this summer. Any increase would need the approval of Cuomo’s labor commissioner, but would not need legislative approval.

New York’s minimum wage is $8.75 and is set to rise to $9 at year’s end.

Fast-food workers say the wage hasn’t kept up with the cost of living.

Business owners say an increase could lead to higher prices and reduced hours for employees.

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