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New York News
Wed May 30, 2012
Occupy Albany Demonstrates for Higher Minimum Wage
Occupy Albany demonstrators in the Capitol insist the movement to increase the minimum wage is unstoppable. About 40 protesters wound throughout the building Tuesday, chanting and refusing to accept that the measure is politically dead. WAMC’s Dave Lucas has more…
The Occupiers targeted Senate Republican leader Dean Skelos and Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, saying their refusal to push the Assembly bill is "shameful." Neither Cuomo nor Skelos was in Albany.
The public Hall of Governors outside Cuomo's office was closed. Its entrance was guarded by three state police troopers.
The Assembly bill would raise the minimum to $8.50 an hour. It's now $7.25 and affects one million workers.
Senate Republicans say the increase would kill jobs and threaten New York's fragile economic recovery. Cuomo says he supports the hike, but said it's politically impossible.
Dave Lucas, WAMC News.
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