Calling for Immediate Action to Increase – and Index – the Minimum Wage

February 28, 2013

On February 27, I joined Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins and other members of the Senate Democratic Conference at a press conference calling for immediate action to raise the New York State minimum wage and index future increases to the rate of inflation.

I was proud to join my Democratic colleagues in declaring our strong support for raising and indexing the minimum wage, which would provide lasting support to our struggling working families while boosting our economy. The minimum wage has fallen dramatically in real dollars over the past 30 years and, currently, the income of a full-time worker earning the minimum wage is below the federal poverty level for a household of two. If New York is truly to regain its status as the progressive capital of the nation, we must act now and pass this long-overdue increase.

Please see my comments in the embedded video, beginning at the 8 minute and 36 second mark.