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New York Speaker Pushes for Minimum Wage Hike, Dream Act

by Associated Press
New York State Capitol.

Holley St. Germain, Flickr

New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is renewing his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

   Silver told reporters on Wednesday that those two measures are top priorities before the Legislature adjourns next week.

   The minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York City to impose a local minimum wage that's up to 30 percent higher.

   The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

New York City Council Passes Paid Sick Leave Bill

by Associated Press
Tissues.

jainaj, Flickr

The New York City Council has passed expanded paid sick days legislation.

The new bill has the support of Mayor Bill de Blasio. It will give the right to have paid sick days to 355,000 workers.

The bill will be the first that de Blasio, a Democrat, signs into law. He said Wednesday that the council "made history" with the legislation.

Combined with previous legislation, more than a half-million New Yorkers will now be entitled to take up to five sick days without fear of losing their job.

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