In April as part of the 2016-17 state budget, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed bills into law that will gradually increase the state’s minimum wage to fifteen dollars an hour. A one-thousand-person victory rally was held immediately after Cuomo signed the minimum wage bill. By the end of 2016, minimum wage for workers outside of New York City and Nassau, Suffolk or Westchester Counties will go up to nine dollars and seventy cents an hour. Each year, it will gradually increase seventy cents until it reaches twelve dollars and fifty cents in 2020. Following that, it will increase based on an indexed schedule that will be set by the Director of the Division of Budget, along with the Department of Labor. The wage increase will move at a different rate at the previously mentioned downstate regions.