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The Living Wage is a Pathway Out of Poverty

The Living Wage is a Pathway Out of Poverty

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03/23/2011

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THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS 
250 BROADWAYNEW YORK, NY 10007
The Living Wage is a Pathway Out of Poverty
NEW YORK, NY (March 23, 2011) -
Mayor Bloomberg’s Center for Economic Opportunity hasreleased an important study, “Policy Affects Poverty” that can help policymakers improve how
they measure poverty and mitigate its worst effects. According to the study, about 250,000 moreNew Yorkers would have slipped into poverty at the height of the recession without food stampsand tax benefits for low-income families. The study also points out that low-wage jobs remain amajor barrier to working people climbing out of poverty yet the report fails to discuss a valuablepolicy that would create a pathway out of poverty: a living wage.The Fair Wages for New Yorker Act would create a wage standard for jobs created throughtaxpayer-provided economic development subsidies, giving more New Yorkers access to higher-
wage jobs. The legislation can be connected to the administration’s anti
-poverty efforts. Weshould all be able to agree on the need to invest in economic opportunities that strengthen andempower working people, their families, and their communities in this city. This study offers afresh framework for dialogue on the role of government and public resources in addressingpoverty and maintaining an equitable and balanced economy. We encourage the mayor and histeam to stand with us and support fair wages for all New Yorkers.Melissa Mark-Viverito Brad LanderCo-Chair, Progressive Caucus Co-Chair, Progressive Caucus8th Council District 39th Council DistrictLetitia James Jumaane Williams35
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Council District 45
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Council District

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