FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 23, 2011
CONTACT: Mary Tek, Coordinator
212-345-9509 / nyccprogresscaucus@gmail.com

PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS RESPONDS TO CENSUS POVERTY DATA
Calls for Fair Wages for New Yorkers

NEW YORK, NY — We are alarmed by the new poverty data for New York City released yesterday by the Census Bureau. It shows that more New Yorkers across the city are struggling to survive. And it raises an important question: why? A big part of the answer is that city government has not done nearly enough to create the kinds of jobs that will lift New Yorkers out of poverty. Much of the job growth the administration has recently pursued and touted is in the lowest-wage sectors of the economy. The new poverty data shows that the administration’s job growth strategy is not acceptable.

We need to prioritize higher-wage job creation, especially in sectors that are heavily subsidized by taxpayer money. That’s why the Fair Wages for New Yorkers Act is an urgent priority for the Progressive Caucus. It is absolutely vital legislation that would ensure taxpayer investments in economic development are also investments in higher-wage jobs for New Yorkers across the city. We are proud to be working with our colleagues in the City Council to move this legislation forward as quickly as possible.

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