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Worker advocacy group backs proposal to increase state minimum wage

KINGSTON – The Worker Justice Center of New York, headquartered in Kingston, announced its support for State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver’s proposal to increase the state’s minimum wage this year.

“The low-wage communities that we serve throughout New York face an ongoing struggle to earn a meaningful living because our current minimum wage of $7.25 – the same as the federal floor despite our state’s high cost of living – is simply not enough,” said Milan Bhatt, the co-executive director.

In the last week, eight other states increases their minimum wage, including Washington State, which he said will become the first state in the nation to set the minimum wage at $9 per hour.

“As our economy continues to impose serious day-to-day hardship upon millions of New Yorkers, raising the minimum wage is a fundamental solution that will have an immediate and lasting impact on the residents of the state,” Bhatt said.

He urged state lawmakers to support Silver’s proposal and raise the minimum wage this year.


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