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Officials: Higher Minimum Wage Dead in NY

Officials: Higher Minimum Wage Dead in NY

Officials: Higher Minimum Wage Dead in NY Mitch Surprenant, flickr

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Senate Republican Majority Leader says the measure won't reach the Senate floor.

Officials say a months-old proposal to raise the minimum wage for millions of New Yorkers is dead.

The Assembly's Democratic majority plans to pass its version of the bill Tuesday. It's sponsored by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

But Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who supports raising the wage, didn't include it last week on a list of a half-dozen active issues with a chance of passage this legislative session. The session ends June 21.

Senate Republican Majority Leader Dean Skelos, whose approval is essential, said the measure won't reach the Senate floor.

Silver has proposed raising the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour from the current $7.25.

Massachusetts, Connecticut, Vermont and 15 other states have higher rates.