"It's a question of simple math: You cannot support a family in New York for $18,000 a year."
He makes $6.40 an hour delivering pizzas by bicycle; he has one day off a week; he is living in a studio apartment uptown with six other people; the rent is $1100.
Local organizations and unions gather in the Twin Cities on April 15 for the national actions in the fight to raise wages.
Wall Street banks handed out $28.5 billion in bonuses to their 167,800 employees last year, up 3 percent over 2013, according to figures from the NY State Comptroller.
Mayor Bill de Blasio opened his State of the City address with a commitment to maintaining a city that is inclusive and affordable.
"A full-time minimum wage worker earns only $15,080 a year, making it nearly impossible to support a family and save for the future."
In November, South Dakotans voted 55 percent to 45 percent to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.
"One week, after I paid rent, I only had $6 leftover for groceries and bills; that is no way to live."
They also committed their cities to raise minimum wages, but said a national effort is needed.
The majority of Arizonans were delighted to see the state's incumbent attorney general, Tom Horne, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, defeated.