Cuomo: Divide Over Minimum Wage Wider Than Same-Sex Marriage

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Same-sex marriage is easy, it appears, compared with raising the minimum wage.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said today that the philosophical divide between Republicans and Democrats over raising the minimum wage is wider than it was for same-sex marriage.

Last year, Cuomo convinced four Republicans in the Senate, which the party controls, to pass a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. The victory for the first-term Democrat representing the third-most populous state helped raise him to national prominence.

Cuomo said at a press conference in Albany that he won’t be able to do the same for a bill passed by the Assembly Democrats that would raise the minimum wage to $8.50 from $7.25. The legislative session ends next month.

“This is broader and a deeper divide,” Cuomo said.

“Marriage, in some ways, was more of a personal judgment for people on their personal values. I’ve had a number of long conversations with many legislators on this. I understand both sides. You understand my position. I don’t believe we’re going to be able to bridge that gap in this remaining period of time.”

Cuomo has said he supports the idea of raising the minimum wage. He hasn’t specifically endorsed the bill that’s cleared the Assembly.

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