NY Assembly OKs Minimum Wage Hike As GOP Foes Dig In

Law360, New York (May 15, 2012, 7:20 PM EDT) -- The New York State Assembly passed legislation Tuesday to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 per hour, but Republican foes of proposal the kept up their opposition despite a top Democrat's suggestion the GOP could be swayed.

The 96-47 vote, in which majority Assembly Democrats were joined by a handful of Republicans, came after Speaker Sheldon Silver and Labor Committee Chairman Keith Wright, both Manhattan Democrats, led a press conference touting overwhelming popular support for the measure and referring to it as a...
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