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March 23, 2016

N.Y. Nonprofits Seek $200 Million to Cover Minimum-Wage Hike

Leaders of government-funded New York social-service charities called on legislators Tuesday to approve Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed minimum-wage increase and to include $200 million in the state budget to help cover their higher payrolls, Newsday and the Albany Times Union report.

Nonprofits have said they would face a considerable financial squeeze under the governor's plan to incrementally boost the wage floor from $9 to $15 an hour. Ron Deutsch, executive director of the Fiscal Policy Institute, a labor-backed think tank, said at an Albany news conference that about half a million nonprofit employees statewide derive their pay from state or Medicaid contracts and more than half earn less than $15 an hour.

The Democrat-led state Assembly backs the wage increase and the budget support for charities, but Republicans, who control the Senate, have opposed the proposal, with some citing the fiscal impact on nonprofit groups. “We don’t want to see the Senate basically scapegoat nonprofits” in torpedoing the measure, Mr. Deutsch said.