Wages in NNY are well below the state average, at $757 a week in Jefferson County. That's about $400 a week below the state average.
That's about $18 and change per hour, so the $15 wage will help achieve the worker's paradise and compress the pay gap in the lower echelons of the NNY economy.
Given these numbers, many public employees comprise the economic elite in the region.
There's a lot of people struggling. Those are the people who when caught in a seat belt roadblock find the fines a true hardship, while the state puts out press releases on how many tickets are written.