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Connections: Discussing wage enhancement goals in Rochester and Monroe County


The Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative is working toward a wage enhancement goal. The aim of the Level Up Champions program is to increase the starting wage to $15 an hour for 10,000 Rochester residents this year. So far, about 50 employers have raised their stating wages, affecting more than 6,500 workers. Experts say low wages are a leading cause of poverty.

This hour, we discuss the Level Up Champions program and the impact raising wages may have on poverty rates in the region. Our guests: 

  • Aqua Porter, executive director of the Rochester-Monroe Anti-Poverty Initiative 
  • Myra Henry, president and CEO of the YWCA of Rochester and Monroe County

Evan Dawson is the host of "Connections with Evan Dawson." He joined WXXI in January 2014 after working at 13WHAM-TV, where he served as morning news anchor. He was hired as a reporter for 13WHAM-TV in 2003 before being promoted to anchor in 2007.
Megan Mack is the executive producer of "Connections with Evan Dawson" and live/televised engagement programming.