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ITHACA, N.Y. – More than 150 supporters marched through the streets of Ithaca last weekend in support of raising the state’s minimum wage using statistics from the Alternatives Federal Credit Union’s living wage study. The New York State legislature is considering a bill that could increase the minimum wage to $7.10 per hour over a number of years. The Tompkins County Living Wage Coalition is advocating raising the state’s current $5.15 minimum wage to $8.68 per hour based on a number of living factors such as costs for day care, public transportation and medical needs. In its last living wage survey, Alternatives FCU determined that a decent living wage is $8.68 or $18,060 per year, for a 40-hour week. Saturday’s march drew several local politicians, union leaders and activists and ended at a local Holiday Inn, which marchers said can afford to pay a living wage to its employees but has not done so.

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