A Higher Minimum Wage

The State Assembly passed a bill on Tuesday, one that I sponsored, that would increase the minimum wage in New York to $9 an hour. The legislation also includes future increases that will be tied to inflation.

My thinking is that it’s a no-brainer. Those people that work for minimum wage at full-time jobs, even with the increase, will still be making less than $19,000 a year. The thought of having to support a family on that salary is rough so why would anyone want to argue against these people having their quality of life raised just a little bit.

My fellow Assembly members and I are urging our counterparts in the Senate to realize that the benefits of raising the minimum wage far outweigh the negatives. Under this legislation, the minimum wage will increase next January and then begin getting adjusted for inflation the following year. It will also provide food service workers who receive tips a wage increase to $6.21.

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