The movement to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour is getting a huge push today, with labor unions organizing a day of action across the country. In New York City, an early protest stopped traffic in Brooklyn, in front of a McDonald's on Flatbush Avenue.
— Dray Clark (@DrayClarkABC7) April 15, 2015
The protest has left Brooklyn and is moving to Manhattan for a protest at noon, but the AP says the biggest demonstration "is expected to be at 5:30 p.m. at Columbus Circle. About 15,000 underpaid workers and community supporters are expected to converge and march south on Broadway to Times Square at 6 p.m."
Yesterday, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer outlined how the city would benefit from a higher minimum wage, including how it would "decrease the amount spent... for food stamps and Medicaid by $200 to $500 million annually." Stringer's report also argues that households would then "pay approximately $250 million in additional New York City income taxes."