Add Your Voice: Raise and Index the Minimum Wage!

 

As President Obama so pointedly said in his recent State of the Union address, “corporate profits have rocketed to all-time highs, but for more than a decade, wages and incomes have barely budged.” Here in New York, Governor Cuomo has proposed increasing the minimum wage to $8.75 per hour to help address the growing gap between the rich and poor in our state. While I appreciate his support for a long-overdue increase, working families will not see a lasting benefit if we fail to index future increases to inflation. 

Regrettably, some members of the Legislature have used the President’s call for action as an excuse for inaction.  They have argued in recent days that New York State should not increase its own minimum wage at all, and instead should wait and see what the federal government passes.  I disagree. 

The minimum wage is our government’s most targeted tool in the fight against New York’s shameful income inequality. Raising it, and, crucially, indexing it to inflation, will provide meaningful help to our struggling working families while boosting our economy.

I believe we must follow President Obama’s lead and heed New York State Senate Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins’ call for an increase in the minimum wage that is indexed to inflation now.

That is why I am asking you to sign my petition below, and join me in the fight for an increased minimum wage that keeps pace with the rising cost of living for generations to come.