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NY legislator backs faster minimum wage hike to $9


The leader of New York's Democrat-controlled Assembly wants to accelerate the state's scheduled minimum wage increase to $9 by 2015 and tie it to the inflation rate.


Speaker Sheldon Silver says he'll introduce legislation to do that.


The Assembly passed a bill this year to raise New York's minimum hourly wage for most workers from $7.25 to $9 with inflation adjustments. A compromise approved by the Assembly, Senate and governor's office raised the rate to $8 for 2014, $8.75 a year later and to $9 in 2016 without inflation adjustments.


Silver says that "poverty is not a fair reward" for people who work full time.


Democrats in Congress are expected to push in 2014 for increasing the federal minimum wage above $7.25 an hour.

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