Assembly enlists public in minimum wage fight

By Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York's Assembly Democrats have turned to the public in the fight to win an increase in the minimum wage as the Senate's Republican majority says it won't even bring their bill to the floor for a vote.

Senate GOP spokesman Scott Reif says Majority Leader Dean Skelos is set to announce that decision Tuesday afternoon.

Earlier, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver cited polls showing public support for raising the minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. It's now $7.25 an hour.

Silver also called on voters to contact their lawmakers in a bid to sway the Senate Republicans.

Protesters in the Capitol to support the increase went to the Senate Republican offices to demand a meeting with Skelos.

They got a meeting with a staff member.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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