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Assembly Speaker Silver on proposed minimum wage increase

Posted by Matt Ryan on

 

New Yorkers are not used to their legislature being so productive.  After all, the Brennan Center for Justice once famously called New York home to the most dysfunctional legislature in the United States. After coming off a successful 2011 session that featured the passage of a property tax cap, ethics reform and same sex marriage, though, public opinion is starting to slowly turnaround. Recently, the longtime Assembly Speaker endorsed a pay raise for lawmakers. He tells us this weekend on 'New York NOW' that the main reason for the turnaround is that New York has a governor 'who recognizes that the legislature is a partner in government.' Watch for the full interview this weekend where the Speaker sits down with us to talk about this and his recent proposal to raise the minimum wage in the state to $8.50.  

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