Assembly passes minimum wage increase

By Erika Mahoney
By Matt Hicks

Assembly passes minimum wage increase

March 5, 2013 Updated Mar 6, 2013 at 12:47 AM EST

Albany, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Assembly has approved a minimum wage increase.

The plan would pay minimum wage workers $9 an hour.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver touted the measure Tuesday as a top priority for lawmakers.

Silver joined members of the Labor Committee and Assembly Majority in a push for the legislation.

The plan also puts indexing on the table...which would tie future increases to inflation.

"These families are trapped between the desire for financial independence and the constant erosion of their wages between the rising costs of gasoline, education, medicare and groceries and their dreams of climbing the ladder in the middle class," Silver said.

Minimum wage has held at $7.25 an hour since 2009.

Silver did not address how an increase in the minimum wage would affect the cost of doing business.

The bill now moves on to the state Senate.

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