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Analyzing the Proposal to Raise NY's Minimum Wage

Feb 24, 2012

New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver has introduced a bill to boost the state's minimum wage by $1.25 per hour, but a new study by an Albany-based think tank shows that we would still lag behind a number of states, including several in the Northeast and Great Lakes, even if Silver's proposal passes this year.

Frank Mauro, executive director of the nonpartisan Fiscal Policy Institute, says our state compares poorly with some of the states around us.

Click on the audio player above to listen to a portion of WXXI’s Bob Smith interview with Mauro during Thursday’s 1370 Connection.

Mauro says hundreds of thousands of minimum wage workers in New York actually lag further behind an average worker in this state, than their counterparts in every other state. 

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