January 22, 2013

Speaker Silver Statement on Governor Cuomo's
Proposed 2013-2014 Budget

Governor Cuomo's 2013-14 State Budget builds on our success over the last two years and proposes to close the state's fiscal gap in a prudent manner. I am encouraged that the Governor has included a minimum wage increase as part of the budget. I firmly believe an indexing provision is crucial to ensuring that it keeps up with rising costs for low wage workers and provides them certainty. Raising New York's minimum wage has long been an Assembly priority and I look forward to a productive dialogue on this and other issues in the weeks ahead as we work to enact an early budget for New York.