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In 2021, more New Yorkers will receive paid sick leave benefits and some minimum wage workers will see their salaries rise, under new laws that take effect.

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The Massachusetts minimum wage will increase to $13.50 an hour on Friday. 

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The Vermont House is postponing a vote on whether to override Republican Governor Phil Scott's veto of a bill that would increase the minimum wage.

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The Vermont Senate has overridden Gov. Phil Scott’s veto of a bill that would increase the state's minimum wage and forwarded the final decision to the House.

The Vermont Legislature has voted to increase the state's minimum wage, but all eyes are now on Republican Gov. Phil Scott to see if he will allow the bill to become law.

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Last week, the Vermont Senate adjourned and with that, the legislature ended the session until January.  The first half of the biennium was marked by a number of controversial bills but ended with two key pieces of legislation left unfinished.

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Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is planning to sign a bill that would increase the minimum wage, require paid leave for workers and mandate an annual August sales tax holiday.

       Dozens of business leaders from western Massachusetts will be at the Statehouse in Boston Wednesday for meetings with legislative leaders and representatives of the Baker administration.

A bill that would increase the Vermont minimum wage to $15 an hour over the next six years has been given final approval in the state Senate.

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A Vermont Senate committee has voted to approve increasing the state minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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Restaurant workers are planning to rally Monday against a proposal by Governor Andrew Cuomo to examine the elimination of tip credits in New York.

In How May I Help You?: An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage, Deepak Singh chronicles his downward mobility as an immigrant to a small town in Virginia. Armed with an MBA from India, Singh can get only a minimum-wage job in an electronics store. Every day he confronts unfamiliar American mores, from strange idioms to deeply entrenched racism.

Living Wage Week is being observed in western Massachusetts.

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Vermont's largest city will ask its residents to vote this spring on raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.

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Workers across several states will see a bump to their paychecks in 2017.

The minimum wage is going up next week in New York. The increase is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's multi-year phase-in plan for an eventual $15 statewide minimum wage for all workers.

Minimum Wage Going Up In New York State

Dec 27, 2016
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The minimum wage is going up at year's end throughout New York state.

Within New York City the wage will rise from $9 to $11 per hour, though the increase will be smaller for employees of small businesses. Their wage will increase to $10.50 an hour.

The New York budget deal came down to the final minutes before the deadline in Albany, and in the “Fight for $15,” upstate will be capped at $12.50.

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A number of groups have been warning of dire consequences should New York’s minimum wage be raised to $15 per hour.  The New York Farm Bureau held simultaneous press conferences across the state on Monday, contending the higher wage would negatively affect farms and the cost of food.

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With national calls to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo wants the state to lead  by example. He’s imposing the wage raise in some sectors and pushing for the increase in others. Mountain Lake Public Television held a panel discussion recently on the pros and cons of increasing the minimum wage. 

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo's call for a $15 minimum wage in New York continues to dominate legislative discussions in Albany.

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The new year begins on Friday and with it comes new legislatures, new laws and new wages for some individuals.  Vermont’s minimum wage is scheduled to increase as part of an incremental process that eventually leads to a $10.50 base wage in the state.

Hundreds of thousands of Massachusetts workers are expected to see a boost in pay on Jan. 1 when the state's hourly minimum wage increases from $9 to $10 per hour.

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As New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is expected to push for a $15 an hour minimum wage for all New Yorkers during the legislative session that begins next month, one organization says New York should make sure everyone gets the higher wage, especially workers who rely on tips. Saru Jayaraman is the co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Centers United and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California at Berkeley. 

Karen Magee: Recognizing The Dignity Of Work

Nov 27, 2015

Three million working New Yorkers struggle to get by on $8.75 an hour – a minimum wage that makes it impossible for families to meet basic needs.

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Anti hunger advocates came to the Capitol Monday to lobby for measures to help New York’s neediest.

Buffalo and Rochester are moving to raise the minimum wage of municipal employees to $15 an hour as part of Governor Andrew Cuomo's push to raise the wage floor for all workers.

  Governor Cuomo announced he’s raising the minimum wage for state workers to $15 an hour.  That did not stop advocates from protesting at the Dunkin Donuts at the state Capitol, saying the governor’s recent phased in wage increase for fast food workers is too slow.

Cuomo, at a union rally in New York City, announced he’ll raise the minimum wage for state workers to  $15 an hour by 2018 in New York City and 2021 in the rest of the state.

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 The state’s  legislative leaders crossed paths literally this week, when both scheduled a stroll at the same time along the walkway over the Hudson River. In addition to taking in the view, they had a lot to say about priority issues, including raising the minimum wage and funding public transit and road and bridge repairs. 

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Governor Cuomo shot down rumors that he might call a special session in December on raising the minimum wage to $15.