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Senate independent democrats make last push on minimum wage

Posted at: 02/11/2013 8:06 PM
By: Associated Press

A final push to increase New York's minimum wage is set to begin with the backing of a new report from the influential Independent Democratic Conference in the Senate.
    
The report argues that raising the minimum wage will provide New York's economy with a broad boost, affecting more than 350,000 New Yorkers, most of them women and minorities.
    
The analysis to be released Tuesday says hiking the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour from $7.25 would fuel $600 million in additional spending in the state.
    
The state Black, Puerto-Rican and Asian Legislative Caucus also plans to push the measure during a news conference Tuesday.
    
The efforts come after Gov. Andrew Cuomo called for the increase in his budget proposal.
    
Now, closed-door negotiations are under way in the Senate and Assembly.