Nothing drove home the need for an increased minimum wage more than my recent experience at the window of the Port Authority office Downtown where I was signing up for my free bus pass — thanks to the state lottery.
At the next window was a middle-aged man who was informed that his card did not go through as he was at the max on his charge. He was so upset and kept saying that the charge card is the only one he uses to pay for the monthly pass at $97.50 per month. In a very depressed and almost tearful departure, he said he would go to his bank to get some of his savings to see if he could buy his monthly pass so he could get Downtown six days a week to his job.
He is working.
The income of commuters is not keeping up with the cost of commuting!
He is running up a debt just to get to work .
How can we let this state of the union continue?
MARY ALICE GORMAN