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Minimum wage set to increase on January 1: How much higher will it go?

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New York State is gearing up for a significant increase in the minimum wage, setting the new standard at $15 per hour starting on January 1. The plan includes subsequent raises of 50 cents over the next two years and provisions to index the minimum wage to inflation annually starting in 2027. This change aims to bolster earnings for workers across the state amid rising living costs and inflationary pressures.


The wage increase has received mixed reactions from lawmakers. Supporters expressed enthusiasm for the positive impact on families struggling with the cost of living, emphasizing the need for New Yorkers to “live and stay in New York.” Meanwhile, opponents warned of potential negative effects on business competitiveness and inflation, advocating for market-driven wage determinations.

Business perspectives also vary, with some owners, like Annie Adams of Second Chic in Buffalo, embracing the increase as a strategy to reduce employee turnover and boost local spending. As the implementation date approaches, New Yorkers anticipate the economic ripple effects of this substantial policy shift.