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June 20, 2014

Cities vs. states in minimum wage debate

  • The push to raise wages is running into opposition from state lawmakers and business groups who say a patchwork of wages could create an unequal business climate.
    Associated Press

    ALBANY, N.Y. — Dominique Mayfield makes $8.25 an hour washing dishes and busing tables at a Syracuse brewpub. Shantel Walker makes $8.50 an hour at her pizzeria in New York City, where the rent is more than double what it is in Syracuse. Two very different cities, but nearly the same wage.

    The economic differences between America's big cities and elsewhere have prompted leaders in Seattle, New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Oklahoma City and other cities to push to raise the minimum wage within their borders.

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