ALBANY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The New York State Assembly approved a bill Tuesday night that would increase the minimum wage to $9 hour and provide for automatic further increases tied to inflation.

The vote was 101-44, following four hours of debate Tuesday night. The bill now goes to the state Senate.

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The move puts pressure on state Senate Republicans who are seeking business tax cuts in a potential legislative deal.

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Senate majority leaders are negotiating behind closed doors.

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The minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. Among the proposals being floated by legislative leaders is raising the wage to $8.50, then $8.75, then $9 over two or three years.

Cuomo had proposed an $8.75 wage, but said he is open to negotiation.

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