Amid talks to raise the minimum wage in New York, farmers are calling on the lawmakers to keep it where it is.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is trying to increase the minimum wage to $10.50 upstate and $11.50 downstate.
The New York Farm Bureau says the state has some of the highest agricultural labor costs in the country. They say farm workers in New York are paid $12.15 an hour on average.
Dean Norton, a farmer in western New York and president of the state Farm Bureau, says whenever there’s a minimum wage hike, he’s forced to raise his wages, too.