Silver pushing min. wage hike, Dream Act

Silver pushing min. wage hike, Dream Act

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New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is renewing his push to increase the minimum wage and pass the Dream Act as lawmakers work toward adjournment.

Silver told reporters on Wednesday that those two measures are top priorities before the Legislature adjourns next week.

The minimum wage proposal would raise the wage to $10.10 per hour and allow cities like New York City to impose a local minimum wage that’s up to 30 percent higher.

The Dream Act would extend financial aid to students who are in the country illegally.

Both measures have broad support in the Assembly but face challenges in the Senate, where the Dream Act has already failed once. Senate Republican Leader Dean Skelos has said he doesn’t expect the Senate to consider any controversial legislation before adjourning.

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