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More New Yorkers appear to want the state to act on achieving equal pay for women. That's according to a Quinnipiac University poll that looked at some proposals Governor Cuomo made in his State of the State address earlier this month. 

Some 53 percent of voters surveyed say equal pay for women should be the highest priority for Governor Cuomo and the state legislature. Pollster Mickey Carroll says more voters want to see campaign finance reform over Governor Cuomo's innovative idea of a bar exam for would-be teachers. Merit pay for teachers is next on the list, and voters do not appear in favor of the longer school days and/or years idea.

The governor announced this week that 280 groups consisting of labor groups, business associations, civil rights organizations, medical associations and religious groups, have signed up at in support of his State of the State measures. From a news release:

New York has long served as a model for equality and fairness on several issues including women’s rights. In his 2013 State of the State Address, the Governor announced plans to advance a 10-Point Women’s Equality Act that will break down barriers that perpetuate discrimination and inequality based on gender.

The Governor's 10-Point proposal will:

    · Achieve Pay Equity

    · Stop Sexual Harassment in All Workplaces

    · Allow for the Recovery of Attorneys’ Fees in Employment and Credit and Lending Cases

    · Strengthen Human Trafficking Laws

    · End Family Status Discrimination

    · Stop Source-of-Income Discrimination

    · Stop Housing Discrimination for Victims of Domestic Violence

    · Stop Pregnancy Discrimination Once and For All

    · Protect Victims of Domestic Violence by Strengthening Order-of-Protection Laws

    · Protect a Woman’s Freedom of Choice 

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