Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Increasing the Minimum Wage in New York State

From Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda,

I am pleased to announce my support for the Minimum Wage bill in the State Assembly. 
During the State of the Union address, President Obama proposed an increase to the federal minimum wage of $9.00 per hour, and, like the State Assembly's plan, to index (i.e. link) it to inflation--which means the amount will increase on an annual basis according to the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

The State Assembly has decided to adopt this plan (originally set at $8.50) proposed by the President. For too long, many of our families and friends have suffered while working for a minimum wage that, even while working full time, does not adequately meet the needs of living in our city. I look forward to being a staunch advocate for this bill in Albany because I understand the needs of our communities, and how beneficial this increase will be. 

Currently, 16 other states and Washington D.C. have higher minimum wages than New York. It is about time that we caught up, and show how progressive our state can be when we fight for what is right. We hope to have this law in place by January 2014, and the indexing of the minimum wage in place by January 2015.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to stop by my office or call. 
Assemblyman Luis Sepulveda-87th District
1973 Westchester Ave
Phone: (718) 931-2620
Bronx, NY 10462


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