SYRACUSE, NY – Last week, Congressman John Katko joined the conversation about raising the minimum wage—by opposing a minimum wage increase in New York State to $15 an hour. While Katko brings home a base salary of $174,000 per year, he opposes giving the working class a raise that would be equal to just $32,000 per year. This opposition to a gradual increase to $15 an hour is another example of how Katko stands against working families in Central New York.
“Congressman Katko’s opposition to a gradual minimum wage increase hurts hardworking families in Central New York,” said Colleen Deacon, Candidate for New York’s 24th Congressional district. “As a single mom I understand what it is like living paycheck to paycheck – I know first hand what a difference this increase in the minimum wage would mean to so many families across this state and this country. A full-time worker should not be struggling to make ends meet each month, regularly having to choose between paying the bills and putting food on the table for their family. By rejecting a common-sense gradual increase in the minimum wage, Congressman Katko reveals his true House Republican colors, siding against hardworking families in his own district. I want to go to Congress to be a real voice for the people of Central New York, and fight on behalf of those that need my help the most.”