BROOKLYN - There is a new push to raise the minimum wage and help more New Yorkers out of poverty.
City Comptroller Scott Stringer says that raising the minimum wage to $15 would reduce the number of households that spend more than half of their income on rent by 90,000. Stringer stopped by a McDonald's in Downtown Brooklyn Tuesday to announce his proposal.
If the minimum wage did go up to $15 an hour, the comptroller says more than 450,000 workers in Brooklyn would see wage increases. Collectively, he says that is a $3 billion wage increase in the borough.
Some business owners fear that they would lose out by paying their employees more, but Stringer says they wouldn't.
"Impacted New York City households could be expected to spend annually up to $1,800 more on housing, up to $600 more on groceries and up to $400 more on entertainment," said Stringer.
The next step is for the proposed bill to pass the state Legislature.
News 12 Brooklyn reached out to the New York representative for the National Franchise Association, but has not yet heard back.