Governor Cuomo has been touring New York State promoting his proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $15 an hour, but as state house reporter Zack Fink explains, small business owners are fighting back, saying it is too large a hit for them to absorb.
On Tuesday, lobbying day in Albany, small business owners descended on the state capitol to make their case against a $15 minimum wage.
"I want everyone to take a good long look at everyone who did make this trip today," said Greg Biryla with Unshackle Upstate. None of these businesses are traded on Wall Street. All of these businesses are trying to survive on the main streets of upstate New York."
For the last several weeks, Governor Cuomo has been crisscrossing New York State in an RV with labor leaders making his pitch for the higher wage.
He couches the issue in economic terms, making the case that New York taxpayers subsidize low-wage workers with food stamps, because people cannot make ends meet on the current state minimum which is $9 an hour.
"Why should the taxpayers of New York be subsidizing corporations that don't want to pay the minimum wage?" Cuomo asked. "It is that simple."
"The Governor has been traveling around the state in his RV to promote what we believe is a false narrative," said Mike Durant with the Small Business Administration. "That mandating a 67% increase on small business will have no negative effect."
But any wage increase proposal would have to be approved by the Republican controlled State Senate.
And at the GOP conference last week in Buffalo, Senate Majority Leader John Flanagan told the audience what Democratic priorities his conference will refuse to do this year, but failed to mention the minimum wage.
Indicating to some that he is willing to go along with Cuomo's increase. He was asked why he didn't mention it during remarks.
"Because people are familiar with the minimum wage," said the Senate Majority Leader. "I'm trying to talk about things that are not always brought into the fore. We are going to have discussions about the minimum wage. We continue to do so."
Complicating matters is the fact that Governor Cuomo wants to not only pass a $15 an hour minimum wage but also wants to pass a paid family leave bill.
Republican insiders say it is unlikely Senate Republicans will be willing to go along with both in the same year.