Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs Votes to Increase Minimum Wage for Over 1 Million New Yorkers

May 15, 2012
Assemblywoman Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush) today announced the Assembly passed legislation to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour beginning January 2013, while also increasing the minimum wage for food-service workers who receive tips from $5.00 to $5.86 per hour. Both wage rates would then be indexed to inflation beginning January 2014 (A.9148). The bill now awaits action in the Senate.

“During this difficult economic time, raising the minimum wage is the right thing to do,” said Ms. Jacobs. “Simply put, people who work full time shouldn’t be poor. The Assembly’s legislation would help make sure that New Yorkers living on minimum-wage salaries can actually survive on the minimum wage. I strongly urge the Senate to pass this crucial measure.”

“Over the past five years, New York’s minimum wage has only increased 10 cents per hour, which is not enough for Brooklyn families to pay for things like rent, heat, gas, food and prescription drugs,” Jacobs said. “By increasing the minimum wage, the quality of life for more than 1 million New Yorkers will be improved.”

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.

“This measure is a win-win for New Yorkers,” said Assemblywoman Jacobs. “Not only are we helping working families afford basic necessities, we are also putting money in the pockets of those most likely to spend it right here in our community, helping boost the economy and create jobs.”