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A proposal in New York State to gradually raise the minimum wage for fast-food workers could be formally approved any day.

The increase was endorsed by a state Wage Board last month and will be phased in over six years beginning with an initial increase at the end of this year.

Following a mandatory public comment period the proposal now awaits approval by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's labor commissioner, who has until Sept. 14 to act.

Momentum is building for a $15-an-hour minimum wage in Connecticut, at least for some workers, given the formation of a new low-wage worker advisory panel and this week's recommendation to raise pay for fast-food workers in neighboring New York, according to some state lawmakers and activists.

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In the legislative session that recently ended, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo saw the state legislature reject a number of agenda items he’d been pushing. The governor, perhaps taking a cue from President Obama, has used his executive powers to advance some of the proposals anyway.

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, at a union rally in New York City's Union Square to raise the minimum wage, called out fast food chains McDonalds and Burger King by name. He accused them of “corporate greed” for underpaying workers.

Cuomo, in an animated speech, said fast food chains make huge profits while relying on taxpayer subsidies, like food stamps, to make up for the low pay they give their workers.

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State lawmakers in Connecticut have become the first in the country to pass legislation that will increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.  The minimum wage will rise to $10.10 by 2017.  That's the same rate President Barack Obama wants for the federal minimum wage by 2015.

Democratic Governor  Dannel Malloy applauded the move and says he'll sign it on Thursday evening in New Britain, where Obama appeared to press for a $10.10 national wage.

The bill passed the state House , 87-54, and the Senate, 21-14.

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