(Max Rivlin-Nadler) Scott Stringer, the newly-minted comptroller, wants the city to raise its minimum wage to $11. He just doesn't want to have to ask the state for permission.

"The fact is that when it comes to the minimum wage, one size does not fit all. Not when the cost of living is 80% higher in New York City than in Buffalo, 70% higher than in Rochester, or 60% higher than here in Albany," Stringer said in a legislative hearing about Governor Cuomo's proposed budget for next year.

Right now, New York City has to get state approval for just about everything, from taxing the rich to funding our subways. State legislators have long been the beneficiary of campaign donations from business interests in the city who will do whatever it takes to keep the minimum wage from approaching a living one.

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