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Report says New York’s minimum wage leaves Ulster families behind

KINGSTON – A report from the Seattle-based Alliance for a Just Society says New York’s failure to raise the minimum wage is forcing families to take on high levels of debt to pay for essentials like health care, education and transportation.

The report was released by Citizen Action of New York and the Alliance.

The groups, along with State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk and Assemblyman Kevin Cahill, both Democrats, called for increasing the current $8 an hour minimum wage.

The Alliance for a Just Society report said that a living wage in Ulster County ranges from $18.74 per hour for a single adult to $37.12 for a single adult with two children.

Tkaczyk said Senate Democrats called for an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour “to help those families struggling to provide their children with decent housing, clothing and food.” She said an increased wage would also “stimulate the economy, because when working people have more money to spend, they spent it right in the community on basic necessities. That helps small, local businesses grow and create jobs.”

Cahill noted Assembly Democrats have proposed legislation to raise the minimum wage to $9 by December 2014 and to $10.10 the following year. “After that and forever more, our legislation would index minimum wage to the rate of inflation. Passing this measure is critical to giving New Yorkers the pay equity they deserve, while providing all workers with a reasonable minimum exchange for their labor.”

 


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