By Associated Press - Thursday, March 19, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - The New York Farm Bureau says proposals to raise the state minimum wage to $10.50 or higher present difficulties for the state’s farmers, straining their income and putting them at a disadvantage with other states.

Several farmers say they’re against proposals by Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Assembly’s Democratic majority to further increase it.

Currently $8.75 an hour, it’s scheduled to rise to $9 next year.

Federal data show New York farms pay an average agricultural wage even higher at $12.15.

However, farmers say those experienced workers would expect a bump in pay to match the increase for others at the minimum.



The Farm Bureau says Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Idaho all still follow the federal minimum of $7.25.

In California it’s $9 and set to rise to $10 in 2016.

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