A bill has been introduced in the New York State Legislature that would require large businesses, including box stores, to pay workers $15 an hour.  

State Senator Daniel Squadron of Brooklyn says it's aimed at businesses that gross more than $50 million a year, or chain stores with eleven or more locations throughout the country.

Small businesses and manufacturers would be exempt.

Squadron says it's wrong that full-time workers at these companies are receiving government assistance because they live below the poverty line.

The bill is part of a broader push to raise wages in New York to better align with the high cost of living.