Calling for a raise in the minimum wage

By Nicky Hickling

March 26, 2014 Updated Mar 26, 2014 at 6:45 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) “Give America a Raise.” That's the message from one group touring by bus in hopes of raising the minimum wage in New York and across the country.

The group says while the federal minimum wage has stayed the same since 2009, the price of food, gas and utilities has not.

New York's minimum wage is set to go up to nine dollars in 2016, but Citizen Action of New York says people shouldn't have to wait that long. The organization was among those who called on Congressman Richard Hanna at his Binghamton office Wednesday to support President Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

"We need Congressman Hanna to support an increase in the minimum wage so that people can have the dignity of working 40 hours a week and still being able to make ends meet and feed their family," said Mary Clark of Citizen Action.

Prior to making a stop in Binghamton Wednesday afternoon, those on the tour bus made a trip to Corning, to ask Congressman Tom Reed to support the President’s plan as well.

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