New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo appointed a board to investigate the wages of fast-food industry workers across the state. They've now returned the decision that the minimum wage in the industry should be raised to $15 an hour, a 70% increase from the state's current minimum wage of $8.75 an hour. The board's decision will now go to the state commissioner of labor Mario Musolino, who is expected to approve it.

The new mandate will be enacted in New York City by 2018, and in the entire state by 2021. It will affect 180,000 workers across the state. According to the New York Times, advocates for higher wages believe the change will quickly spur other industries to adopt a higher wage. 

Governor Cuomo tweeted his excitement about the verdict earlier today.

Facts about minimum wage in the US:

 New York fast-food workers will join a growing number of employees around the country who are set to be paid $15 as a minimum wage: Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco have all passed laws to meet the $15 minimum. 

 Chicago will also raise its wage to $13.