- Associated Press - Friday, June 5, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) - Fast-food workers are telling a special Wage Board established by Gov. Andrew Cuomo they can’t make ends meet with New York’s current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour, urging at least $15.

At the first of four scheduled public hearings, employees from various McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and other chains say Friday their pay is barely enough to support partial rent in shared apartments and basic necessities, much less having a car, helping aging parents or buying books for college classes.

Cuomo called for the wage board to examine a possible pay hike.

Its recommendation, expected this summer, is subject to approval by Cuomo’s labor commissioner.

The Business Council of New York State says New York’s overall minimum is already set to reach $9 at year’s end, higher than most states.

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