Nikki Jones, Melanie Beam and Holly Sklar

June 7, 2012. Nikki Jones, the communications director for the Alliance for Quality Education discussed the current school funding situation in New York State and the Educate NY Now! campaign that was recently launched by AQE and other organizations concerned with the mounting threats to New York’s elementary and secondary education system.

Melanie Beam, president of Capital District Local First, and Holly Sklar, director of Business for Shared Prosperity and of its Business for a Fair Minimum Wage project, explained why they – and a growing number of business owners and business organizations – are joining the effort to increase New York State’s minimum wage from the current level of $7.25 per hour.