State Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk joined her colleagues to call for an increase to the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation. She said the increase would be especially beneficial to women with small children and have an overall positive effect on the economy.
“More than 55 percent of the workers in New York State receiving minimum wage are women, many of them with children,” Tkaczyk said. “Even those who can work 40 or more hours each week are living below the federal poverty level and are struggling to provide their families with decent housing, clothing and food.”
Tkaczyk said raising the wage would also have an overall economic benefit: