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Toward a Living Wage

by Jaired Crofut on August 23, 2012

Photo by Erin Pihlaja.


“When you look at the minimum wage that exists in New York state, every New Yorker should be totally embarrassed,” said Deputy Senate Minority Leader Neil Breslin at a press conference at the Albany Labor Temple on Friday (Aug. 17). Breslin, along with congressman Paul Tonko and members of the Working Families Party, are advocating for an increase in the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50. “It’s an issue of economic justice, of social justice, and fairness,” Breslin added. He hopes to pass two bills tied to minimum wage later this year.