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Source: Daily News
Subject: Immigration
Type: Media Coverage

Democratic mayoral candidates champion raising minimum wage from $7.25 to $9

Christine Quinn vowed Saturday that City Council will pass a resolution this  week urging the state Legislature to raise the minimum wage.

Quinn, the Council speaker, stood with several union leaders [and members of Make the Road New York] and mayoral  rivals in support of the Rev. Al Sharpton’s call for the wage to be hiked from  $7.25 to $9 per hour. She also said the Council would demand the wage increase  with inflation.

“It is time to make this change,” said Quinn, who initially received a  lukewarm reaction from the crowd at Sharpton’s National Action Network’s Harlem  headquarters. She later departed to loud cheers.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio struck a populist tone during his appeal —  chiding Quinn for passing a “weak” Living Wage bill and for not bringing Paid  Sick Days legislation for a vote.

“Thousands of people in this city are being left behind as a course of law,”  he said. “How is this happening in what is supposed to be the most progressive  state in the nation?”

The Democratic mayoral candidates have all embraced a higher minimum wage,  likely in part to woo working- and lower-class voters. Controller John Liu, who  also plans to run for mayor, has said it should reach $11, while Quinn, de  Blasio and former Controller Bill Thompson all support $9.

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