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Mauricio J. Queens, NY

Fed up

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As a single man, I have to pay for train fare to get to and from work, I have to pay rent so that I don’t end up on the street, and I have to buy food so I can keep myself fed. These are not my only expenses, but they are the most vital. Everyday I wake up stressing out about how I will make it through one more month.

From California to Maryland, cities and counties are using higher local minimum wages to fight poverty. In Washington D.C., the minimum wage will go up to $11.50 by 2017 and in SeaTac, Washington the minimum wage has gone up to $15 per hour. New York must follow this trend and not be left behind.

Mauricio is a member of Make the Road New York.