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Conference discusses impact of minimum wage increase

Posted at: 03/17/2013 10:56 PM
Updated at: 03/17/2013 11:32 PM

The proposed New York State budget could mean a lot of cuts for a variety of different programs. It could also mean a raise for minimum wage workers.

On Sunday afternoon Executive Director Mark Dunlea, of the Hunger Action Network, spoke at a conference in the city in favor of increased wages for workers.

Dunlea says that a majority of people who they serve at food pantries and soup kitchens have jobs but are unable to support themselves because of low wages.

He tells News10NBC the need for higher paying jobs is greater now than ever before.

“There is still a lot of need out there in the community and at our food pantries and soup kitchens do not have enough resources to take care of all the need and that's why we want a higher minimum wage, and we also want more funding for the emergency food programs and of course we all want living wage jobs,” said Dunlea.

Right now minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. If lawmakers do raise the minimum wage it could go as high as $9 an hour.