Community leaders push for override of governor's minimum wage increase veto

(08/08/04) CITY HALL - Low wage workers, community leaders and members of the Working Families Party in The Bronx are calling on the New York State Senate to override Governor George Pataki's veto and increase the minimum wage.

Supporters of a minimum wage increase held signs spelling out "override" outside City Hall on Sunday. The state Legislature has until the end of the year to override the governor's veto. The Assembly has said it would, but the Senate has not given a final answer. Advocates for minimum wage workers say they will keep pressuring both houses until they agree.

If the Legislature overrides the veto, New York's minimum wage would increase from $5.15 an hour to $6 in 2005, $6.75 in 2006 and to $7.15 in 2007.

Pataki says he supports an increase but wants to see it done on a federal level. The governor thinks a state increase would send jobs outside of New York to states with a lower minimum wage.

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