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Minimum wage hike may be dead

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A months-old proposal to raise the minimum wage for millions of New Yorkers may be dead. Assembly Democrats say they have the votes to approve an increase today. But Senate Republicans say they won't take the measure up, and it's not on Gov. Cuomo's list for action by the end of this term, June 21. Martha Foley has more.

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Speaker Sheldon Silver announced yesterday that his house will vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 cents an hour to $8.50 cents an hour and that the measure is likely to pass.

“I think it’s an obligation that we have to the working poor,” said Silver. “People who work shouldn’t be poor.”

The Assembly vote comes as a new Siena College poll finds more than three quarters of New Yorkers support raising the minimum wage.  

The increase is not supported by the Republican led- State Senate. Majority Leader Dean Skelos, whose approval is essential, said the measure won't reach the Senate floor.

Governor Cuomo has so far been neutral. He has said he supports the raise, but he didn't include it last week on a list of a half-dozen active issues with a chance of passage this legislative session.

The session ends June 21.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and 15 other states have higher rates.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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