Farmers, loggers and other smaller businesses in the region are protesting the Governor’s plans to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

A group of local farmers and other business owners gathered at Apple Hills Farm in the Town of Chenango March 22, along with members of the Broome County Farm Bureau and Greater Binghamton Chamber of Commerce.

Several said the move would put their farms or businesses that had been family-owned for decades out of business as they would not be able to afford the higher cost.  At the very least, they said they would have to cut staff and increase prices on their goods.

New York State legislators are considering Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to raise the minimum wage in New York City first with the rest of the state phased in over another couple of years