Non-profit social agencies in New York are all behind the Governor's plan for a $15 an hour minimum wage, but they want Albany to pay for it.
Half a dozen rally's were held around the state today in support of the pay hike for all employees, including those who work for agencies that help the developmentally disabled.
The non-profits are lobbying lawmakers to pass the cost of the possible pay increase on to the state, claiming there budgets are already stretched to the limit and they can't afford it.
For example, at People Inc. alone, the pay hike would cost that social service agency $14 million a year in extra expense. It's employees currently average about $11 an hour.
New York already has a $15 minimum wage for fast-food workers but the governor is proposing the law cover all New York employees.