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State Assembly approves $9 minimum wage; bill now moves to the Senate

The New York State Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation to raise the minimum wage in New York to $9 an hour, with automatic increases tied to inflation.
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) -- The New York State Assembly on Tuesday passed legislation to raise the minimum wage in New York to $9 an hour, with automatic increases tied to inflation.

The Democratic led Assembly passed its version of the bill (A.38a) by a vote of 101 to 44.

According to the State Assembly’s website, the minimum wage in New York State has increased by just 10 cents in the last six years and has remained stagnant at $7.25 per hour since 2009.

An overwhelming majority of New Yorkers support raising the minimum wage. According to the Assembly’s website, a Quinnipiac University poll in January showed that more than 80 percent of New Yorkers support an increase.

Sixteen other states including: the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Vermont have higher minimum wage rates than New York State.

The bill now heads to the Senate for approval.

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