Raising the Minimum Wage

Hey, did you hear? New York's minimum wage is going up! New Yorkers across the state made their voices heard and helped the Assembly lead the fight to ensure that hardworking families who earn minimum wage get a raise this year. It increased from $7.25 to $8.00 this year, and it'll go up to $9.00 per hour by 2016.

Together we secured a great victory. But our fight - and our work - continues.

The Assembly Majority believes hardworking, low-wage New Yorkers deserve a bigger raise much quicker. That's why we're working to accelerate and expand the minimum wage increase schedule. We want to raise the wage to $9.00 this Dec. 31 and again to $10.10 by Dec. 31, 2015.

The Assembly Majority also recognizes that the cost of basic necessities – food, clothing, housing, medical care, education, utilities and transportation – are going up all the time. That's why we are committed to ensuring that as the cost of these necessities increases, so should New York's minimum wage. A law that ties the minimum wage directly to inflation means working families can better keep pace with the increasing cost of living. No family should have to choose between paying rent and putting food on the table.

Please show your support by signing the petition to both accelerate and increase New York's minimum wage to $10.10 and to index future increases directly to the cost of living!

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