Non-profits voice concerns to lawmakers about minimum wage hike

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — Increasing minimum wage in the Empire State has been a topic of discussion for quite sometime and Wednesday it continued to stay on the front burner.

Leaders of non-profit groups have voiced their concerns with the hike. Agencies are worried about being able to afford paying workers $15 an hour.

People Inc. is a non-profit agency in Buffalo. It services more than 1,000 people with developmental disabilities.

The agency, along with other state groups recently met with state lawmakers in hopes of voicing their concerns about funding. Kevin Horrigan, the associate vice president of People Inc., said the conversations were productive and lawmakers were supportive of what they had to say.

People Inc., said they are for the minimum wage hike, but they need money from the state to do it. Ninety percent of what they do comes from federal funds and without a bigger budget, that could suffer.

“Our efforts and the efforts throughout the state of other providers are starting to resonate as they deliberate the budget process. Since day one, we have been supportive of the governor’s efforts. We are with the governor, we need the governor to be with us,” said Horrigan.

Friday, People Inc. will rally outside its Buffalo offices to show support for the governor’s $15 an hour minimum wage proposal while asking for additional funds.

The budget vote is expected in April.

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