ALBANY - Head Start worker Mirna Cipaldi is a member of the working poor. She says she is paid just over the state minimum wage of 7 dollars and 25 cents an hour.
"When I pull up to the gas pumps to fill up with gas to go to work, I realize the gas prices have gone up but my wages have not, " said Cipaldi.
There are bills in the state legislature to raise the minimum wage.
Democrats complain majority Republicans in the Senate are opposed, even denying the Democrats a public hearing.
In the alternative, Democrats put on a public forum in a hearing room.
It tilted completely toward pro-increase advocates.
"They (minimum wage workers) become dependent upon other government services to subsidize what they can't afford because the minimum wage is too low in New York State," said Senator Timothy Kennedy (D - Buffalo).