Skoufis en State budget increases minimum wage <p>ALBANY – Area state lawmakers are divided on increasing the minimum wage, a provision approved Thursday night in the 2013-14 budget.</p><p>Assemblyman James Skoufis (D, Town of Woodbury) supports the wage hike.</p><p>“Over three years we phase it in to $9 an hour, which is something I pushed strongly for and the Assembly pushes strongly for since I took office in January,” Skoufis said.</p><p>But, another freshman lawmaker from the Hudson Valley, Kieran Michael Lalor (R, Fishkill), has a different take on the issue.</p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 12:48:30 +0000 Hank Gross 61000 at State budget increases minimum wage