- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 6, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) - Many city employees in New York City will earn at least $15 an hour by the end of 2018.

Mayor Bill de Blasio made the announcement Wednesday. The raises will cover 50,000 workers.

De Blasio, a Democrat, has said he wants to raise the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour for everyone, but that the state must agree.

The announcement comes days after Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was gradually increasing the minimum hourly wage to $15 for many state university workers. He said he wants state lawmakers to do the same for all workers.

De Blasio had first proposed a wage hike last year.

His plan would affect about 20,000 unionized workers and 30,000 employees of outside organizations whose services are paid for by the city.

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