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A minimum wage rally in NYC's Herald Square. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/otto-yamamoto/10470768135/">All-Nite Images</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
A minimum wage rally in NYC's Herald Square. Photo: All-Nite Images, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Advocates for higher NYC minimum wage go to Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Advocates for allowing New York City officials to raise the minimum wage locally are heading to the state Capitol.

The advocates will be in Albany Tuesday, a day after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he planned to ask state lawmakers next week for the power to raise the minimum wage.

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Labor unions including SEIU 1199 and the Working Families Party are members of a coalition starting a statewide campaign to raise the state minimum wage. Proponents say the cost of living is higher in New York City and many upstate areas, and wages should reflect that.

The state's minimum wage is $8 per hour and rises to $9 by 2016.

Republicans in Albany have traditionally been concerned that raising the minimum wage could raise prices and reduce employment.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)

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