Klein Reminds Constituents of Important Changes Starting This Year Making New York More Affordable

Klein Reminds Constituents of Important Changes Starting This Year Making New York More Affordable

While the federal government’s tax plan will hurt many New Yorkers’ bottom lines, on a state level, some policies Senator Jeff Klein championed in the State Senate have taken effect as the new year begins, helping them save for the future.

Starting January 1, 2018, Paid Family Leave will now provide paid time off for employees to care for a newborn or assist ailing loved ones. Senator Klein led the way for this program that initially offers every worker in the state eight weeks of leave while bringing home 50% of the statewide average weekly wage. By January of 2021, they will be able to take 12 weeks off with two-thirds of the statewide average wage, making it the best paid family leave program in the entire country.

Senator Klein has always worked to keep money in his hardworking constituents’ pockets. Sweeping middle-income tax cuts will bring a total $4.2 billion in relief to New York’s middle-class thanks to state level tax cuts enacted by Senator Klein and Governor Cuomo. That means an average New Yorker will have an extra $700 a year in their wallet.  This is the lowest rate middle-class New Yorkers will see in over 70 years, and this historic relief begins on January 1.

With the New Year also comes another increase in the minimum wage for hardworking New Yorkers. New York City residents working in small businesses will see their wages raised to $12 per hour and those at businesses with eleven or more employees will have their wages raised to $13 an hour, eventually being raised to $15 an hour throughout the entire city.

Also starting January 1, union dues are now eligible for deduction from New York State taxes, saving over 500,000 union women and men approximately $35 million each year.

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