State Republicans are launching an unprecedented grassroots effort to challenge Gov. Cuomo's controversial plan to impose a $15-an-hour minimum wage on all New York businesses - a near-70 percent increase and the highest in the nation.
Originally published in today's New York Post:
The GOP project, outlined in a memo which was sent to all 62 Republican county chairs on Sunday night, seeks to mobilize Republican activists, local businesses and business groups against Cuomo's plan, arguing that it will force "many businesses to shutter their doors in what is already a high-cost, over-regulated New York business environment,'' says the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Post.
"Up to 600,000 jobs could be lost as a result of Cuomo's proposal,'' said state GOP Chairman Ed Cox, citing figures recently released by the Empire Center for Public Policy, a conservative-oriented think tank.
"We're the party of Main Street and this will really hit Main Street hard. It's a job and business killer, as cities around the country that have done this are starting to realize, and I think we're going to be able to have a major impact,'' Cox said.