Target: New York State Assembly
Goal: Raise the minimum wage in New York from $7.25 per hour to $8.75
New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo recently proposed that New York minimum wage be raised from $7.25 an hour to $8.75; that is 25 cents higher than the proposal made last year.
The current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour is unlivable, especially provided the fact that New York is one of the most expensive places to live in the country. Although the proposed wage increase from $7.25 an hour to $8.50 did not pass last year, Gov. Cuomo is confident that this is the year. Support the proposed $1.50 increase of the New York minimum wage.
Almost all of New York’s neighboring states have raised their minimum wages with the exception of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. If wages are increased, New York will have the third-highest minimum wage, behind Washington and Oregon. This is necessary provided the fact that, according to an article published in Kiplinger in June 2012, New York City is ranked as the most expensive city to live in. Yet the New York minimum wage is still among the lowest in the country.
An increase in the minimum wage will likely help the millions of people living in New York who are struggling to survive. A New Yorker who works full-time earning the minimum wage only makes $15,080 a year. That is barely above the national poverty line, and once you factor in higher living costs in New York, the salary is nearly impossible to survive on. The New York minimum wage has only increased 10 cents in the last five years; if rates had kept up with inflation it would be up to approximately $10.80 an hour. New York is overdue for a raise in the minimum wage.
Sign this petition and show your support for an increase in New York’s minimum wage from an unlivable $7.25 an hour to $8.75.
Dear New York State Assembly Members,
I would like to support an increase in the New York minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75. New York City is considered to have the highest living costs nationwide. Yet, the state minimum wage is one of the lowest in the country.
A New York resident cannot survive off $15,000 a year, especially if he or she is supporting family members. A $1.50 increase in the minimum wage will help millions of New Yorkers who are struggling to make ends meet. The New York minimum wage has only increased 10 cents in the last five years. New York is long overdue for a raise in wages. Please pass the minimum wage increase and help New Yorkers who are struggling to survive.
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