- Associated Press - Monday, January 4, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to raise the minimum wage for nearly 30,000 state university workers to $15.

The New York Times reports (https://nyti.ms/1TzvV4q ) the Democrat will announce his executive action at a rally Monday in Manhattan. Cuomo is scheduled to make an announcement at 11 a.m. at the headquarters of Local 1199 SEIU, the powerful health care workers union.

The governor’s plan would affect about 28,000 employees of the State University of New York system.

The state’s base minimum wage rose from $8.75 to $9 on Thursday.

Cuomo wants to gradually raise the hourly wage to $15 for all workers, which would be the highest state wage in the nation.

State lawmakers are expected to debate that proposal during the 2016 session, which starts Wednesday in Albany.

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