Green Party candidate for governor Howie Hawkins wants the minimum wage for New York workers to be nearly doubled.
Hawkins, the perennial political activist and UPS worker, is calling for the state’s minimum wage to be raised to $15 an hour.
It’s $8 right now and on track to rise to $9 by the end of next year. Hawkins says that should also go for tipped workers, who right now make a base salary of just $5 an hour, something the state is considering.
An increase in the minimum wage reduces poverty and takes a burden off of welfare programs, he argues.