April 1, 2016 under Policy, Advocacy & Research
A $15 minimum wage is within sight!
The State Budget deal announced last night includes a path to a $15 minimum wage for all New Yorkers, with New York City to reach $15 in 2018 and 2019, depending on size of employer; Westchester, Nassau and Suffolk Counties to reach $15 by 2021; and upstate counties to reach $12.50 by 2020 with determinations to be made about the climb to $15 in subsequent years.
Governor Cuomo has indicated that increased costs for services incurred by nonprofits as a result of the increase in wages will be considered. FPWA will continue to advocate on to ensure funding is available for nonprofits.
Paid Family Leave is also in the budget, and set to commence in 2018. This program will lead the nation in ensuring that working people can take the much needed time to care for loved ones while being able to financially provide for their families.
FPWA applauds Governor Cuomo and the State legislature for taking these monumental steps forward in the fight for economic justice for all New Yorkers.
Jennifer Jones Austin
CEO and Executive Director
Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies