Nassau official calls to cancel Living Wage increase

Officials say hard times could hurt some of Nassau's lowest paid workers because of a call to cancel next month's Living Wage increase.

The minimum wage is currently set to jump to $12.50 an hour in August for all county employees and contractors.

Nassau County Majority Leader Peter Schmitt called today for the planned living wage increase to be canceled. Schmitt says the reason he's proposing the legislation is because health care companies are asking for it. He says ever since the MTA payroll tax took effect, the health care companies have been under financial strain.

The finance committee is set to vote on the bill tonight. If it passes, it goes in front of the full legislature next Monday.

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