Great Neck, New York Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel announced that the New York State Assembly passed a bill, which she sponsored, to increase the state minimum hourly wage to $8.50. The bill (A.9148) would raise the minimum hourly wage from $7.25 to $8.50 starting January 1, 2013.
When Congress enacted the minimum wage in 1938, it was intended to ensure that every worker would earn a livable wage. The current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour is not nearly sufficient to meet the rising costs of food and shelter, let alone provide for healthcare, transportation, child care and other necessities for New Yorkers and their families, said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
In 2012, there were more than 264,000 people in New York State earning at or below the minimum hourly wage. Currently, the neighboring states of Vermont, Connecticut and Massachusetts as well as 15 other states across the country and the District of Columbia all have higher minimum wages than New York.
Assemblywoman Schimel called on her colleagues in the New York State Senate to approve the bill.