In the same vein, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will be pushing to increase the (recently increased) minimum wage for New York City to $11.50 and the rest of the state to $10.50/hour by the end of next year.  The minimum in New York was just raised in 2013 from $7.25 to $8.75 and will go to $9/hour in 2016.  In his State of the State Address, Cuomo lamented that the rate of increases in the minimum wage was too slow and that “the wage gap has continued to increase.”  Similarly, and despite Massachusetts increasing its minimum wage last year to $11/hour in 2017, state senator Dan Wolf has filed legislation to increase the wages paid specifically to fast food and “big box retail” workers over a three year period to $15 by 2018.