Workers throughout the state protest for minimum wage increase
ALBANY, N.Y. - Hundreds of protesters demanded an increase to the minimum wage at the Capitol during Lobby Day.
Hundreds of workers came together on the million dollar staircase, most from New York City.
They are calling on the legislature to pass a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. They also want it indexed for inflation and the ability for cities and counties to set their own minimum wages.
Protesters point out that the raise would be in line with other states, like Connecticut, Maryland and Massachusetts.
"I have a single mom. She works really hard but I have to work myself, so I can go to college. So that will help me to pay my college because I'm not getting financial aid. That will help me pay for college and help my mom out too," said protester Zaira Rios.
The end of session is quickly approaching and protesters say the time for the legislature to act is now.