LIVINGSTON COUNTY – At Wednesday’s meeting of the Livingston County Board of Supervisors, the Board acknowledged receipt of an email from an Avon resident voicing her support for Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent mandate to raise state minimum wage to $15 an hour.
Kathy Barsz’s letter comes after Livingston County Supervisors showed strong opposition to the $6 increase in minimum wage. The increase would make New York’s minimum wage the highest in the country, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
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Barsz’s letter is transcribed below:
I am writing to express my unconditional support for the $15 minimum wage. I live in Avon, and I am 66 years old, and for the past few years I have been actively seeking products made by companies that pay fair wages. Yes, those products do cost more, but I’d rather pay more knowing that I am supporting families instead of saving a bit knowing that people are being exploited. We pay the price in any way through social services needed by those families, by contributing to food pantries, and subsidizing their health care. In fact if we are not paying to help them we must face the fact that our lifestyle is purchased by denying those workers a living wage. If you work a 40 hour week at $10 per hour you are making less than $21,000 per year. This income is adequate for me, living alone, with my house and vehicle paid for and no children to support„ and no need for post-high school education to climb the ladder in my career. Therefore, I do not feel that it is fair to refuse to pay a bit more for the things I need in order that the people producing those things can care for themselves and their families.