"Evidence tells us, it doesn't suggest, it tells us that raising the minimum wage is literally the most stimulative thing you can do to the economy. You have working class people across the stae that will spend that money, they will buy food, they will buy clothing, they will make sure it goes right back into the economy. So it is something that isnt only the moral thing to do but also the economically smart thing to do," says Senator Gustavo Rivera, 33rd District (D), Bronx.
These state leaders say at $7.25 per hour, New York's current minimum wage, leaves full-time workers in poverty. They say Albany has not raised the wage since 2006, and it's time make a change.
Assemblyman Keith Wright (D-Manhattan)
Assemblyman Carl Heastie (D-Bronx)
Senator Ruth Hassel-Thompson (D-Westchester, Bronx)
Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chairman - NYS Assembly/Senate Puerto Rican & Hispanic Task Force
Senator Gustavo Rivera (D-Bronx)
Senator Jose Peralta (D-Queens)
Assemblywoman Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Erie, Buffalo)