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Thomas K. Duane's Blog

Rallying in Support of Low Wage Workers

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On July 25th, I joined other elected officials, community organizations, faith communities, and labor organizations in a National Day of Action for Low Wage Workers to highlight the daily injustices these workers face and to reiterate our call for New York State’s minimum wage to be increased.

Raising the minimum wage is fair, moral, and also good economic policy.  People simply cannot live on $7.25 an hour -- not across our State, not in New York City, and certainly not in my Senate District.  We have helped Wall Street recover and we have helped the banks recover, but too many New Yorkers are still struggling to make ends meet.  Raising the minimum wage will help workers, it will help families, and it will help generate consumer spending and shared economic growth.