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NY Gov. Cuomo calls for higher minimum wage: $8.75

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing raising the minimum wage to $8.75 an hour from the current $7.25.
    
In his State of the State address Wednesday, the first-term Democratic governor says New Yorkers at the low end of the income ladder should earn more.
    
The increase is supported by powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Manhattan Democrat. Republicans who control the Senate prefer business tax breaks to spur the economy.
    
A person earning minimum wage in New York makes $14,616 a year.
    
Cuomo notes the minimum wage in 19 states, including neighbors in Connecticut, Vermont, and Massachusetts, is higher than New York.

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