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Advocates for NY poor urge $10 minimum wage

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ALBANY — Advocates for New York's poor are calling for a minimum wage of at least $10 to address what they call a state crisis of inequality.

Rallying at the Capitol Tuesday in advance of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's state-of-the-state address, they say the state's richest 1 percent now account for 35 percent of all income in a disparity they say hasn't been seen since America's Great Depression.

The Legislature and Cuomo last year raised the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $8 this year, $8.75 next year and $9 by 2016.

Assembly and Senate Democrats have proposed accelerating the increase and adding inflation adjustments.

Other proposals are for New York to let municipalities set higher levels and raise minimums for workers who also earn tips.

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