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Unions: Walmart had role in N.Y. minimum wage deal


ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Several labor unions say more than $400,000 in contributions by Walmart Stores Inc. since 2010 helped bring about the creation of an unusual taxpayer-paid subsidy last month to help employers offset a higher minimum wage in New York.

Senate Republicans, who had long opposed an increase in the minimum wage along with some business groups, called the unions’ claim “complete and utter nonsense.” Republicans senators never had any conversation with Walmart on the issue, spokesman Scott Reif said.

In March, the Legislature and Gov. Andrew Cuomo increased the minimum w...

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