Target: Andrew Cuomo, New York Governor
Goal: Support plan to raise New York’s minimum wage.
New York City is the city with the highest cost of living in the U.S. The minimum wage in New York state is currently $8.75 an hour, which makes it impossible for low-wage earners to support themselves and their families. Recently New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo (D), announced his proposal to increase the minimum wage in the state to $10.50 an hour, and $11.50 in New York City. This could make a big difference for the millions of people living in New York, and make it a little bit easier to handle the rising cost of living. Please let Governor Cuomo know that you support his initiative and encourage him to focus on it.
According to MIT’s Living Wage Calculator, the living wage for a single adult in New York City is $12.75 an hour, while a single adult supporting one child needs to make at least $24.69 an hour to earn a living wage. A living wage does not mean a wage that allows you to live luxuriously, go on vacations, go out, or spend on anything other than necessities. It is a wage that allows you to meet your most basic needs like food, housing, healthcare, transportation, and child care. New York’s existing minimum wage is less than half of what an adult needs to make to support one child, and this creates a situation where even people who are working full time can’t make ends meet and often live in poverty.
It is clear that raising the minimum wage by a few dollars will not fix all the problems that New York residents face, but it will definitely provide some breathing room for many people and push wages a bit closer the the cost of living. Right now the situation in New York, as well as in other places in the U.S., is completely out of balance, and a new minimum wage could restore some of that lost balance. Please express your support for raising the minimum wage so that the people of New York can support themselves and their families.
Dear Governor Cuomo,
I am writing to you about your recent announcement regarding raising your state’s minimum wage to $11.50 in New York City and $10.50 in the rest of the state. I wanted to let you know that I think this could definitely be a positive change if it indeed happens, and I would support any legislation on the topic. I want to encourage you to keep working on this issue and focusing on the needs of the working people in your state, many of whom are struggling with meeting their families’ basic needs.
As I’m sure you know, New York City is an amazing place with a lot of options and opportunities, but it is also the city with the highest cost of living in the U.S. And yet, the minimum wage there is lower than that of many other states and cities that are more affordable to live in. Raising the minimum wage is the most basic way to better match people’s wages to the cost of living and it could make a big difference for many people.
Please continue working on legislation to address the rising cost of living in your state, starting with raising the minimum wage.
[Your Name Here]
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