2004-02-13 / Community

Titus: Minimum Wage

Should Rise To $7.10
Titus: Minimum Wage

Should Rise To $7.10

Assemblymember Titus an noun ced the recent Assembly introduction of a bill she sponsored to raise New York State’s minimum wage from $5.15 to $7.10 an hour (A.9710).

"Our state’s antiquated minimum wage of $5.15 an hour is
a slap in the face to hard work-
ing New Yorkers," Assembly member Titus said. "A full-time minimum wage worker earns only $10,712—$4,098 less than the official federal poverty level.

A higher minimum wage is needed to help families make ends meet."

The legislation would increase the state minimum wage to $6.00 per hour on October 1, 2004; $6.75 an hour on July 1, 2005; and $7.10 an hour on January 1, 2006.

Currently, food service workers receiving tips have a minimum wage of $3.30 per hour. That would rise to $3.90 an hours on October 1, 2004; $4.40 per hour on July 5, 2005; and $4.65 an hour on January 1, 2006.

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