The current minimum wage handcuffs so many families that work full-time from escaping the grips of poverty. An increase to a $15 per hour minimum wage a more sustainable and livable income will put more money in the pockets of New Yorkers and Bronxites.
For approximately 50,000 additional New York City employees including teacher aides, custodial aides and family and infant care workers, an increase in pay is needed and necessary. I commend the excellent work of Mayor Bill de Blasio to raise wages to $15 an hour by the end of 2018 for all City government employees and employees who provide contracted work for the City at social service organizations. Someone that works full-time to provide for their family should not have to choose between paying their rent, keeping their lights on or putting food on their table.
Unwavering support from Governor Cuomo to burgeon the minimum wage for fast food and state university workers including a potential statewide increase to a $15 per hour minimum wage indicates that there is backing for this much-needed change in earnings that will allow New Yorkers to achieve the American dream. Leaders of this pursuit, the Assembly Majority has historically pushed for an increase in the minimum wage in order to boost opportunity and dignity for all families.