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Proponents for a higher minimum wage are rallying at the state Capitol in Albany today, advocating an increase of $1.25.

They say the $7.25 rate is outdated for people who rely on low-paying jobs.

The group -- including the Hunger Action Network of New York State, FOCUS Churches of Albany and the Capital District Area Labor Federation – will follow the rally with a prayer vigil at an adjacent park.

Meanwhile, a special session to discuss lawmaker pay raises along with the minimum wage issue seems unlikely due to the fiscal impact of Hurricane Sandy.

If lawmakers don’t approve a pay raise before January, they can’t for another two years. Their current base pay is about $80,000.

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