Wall Street banks handed out $28.5 billion in bonuses to their 167,800 employees last year, up 3 percent over 2013, according to figures from the NY State Comptroller.
Mayor Bill de Blasio opened his State of the City address with a commitment to maintaining a city that is inclusive and affordable.
"A full-time minimum wage worker earns only $15,080 a year, making it nearly impossible to support a family and save for the future."
In November, South Dakotans voted 55 percent to 45 percent to raise the state's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.50 an hour.
"One week, after I paid rent, I only had $6 leftover for groceries and bills; that is no way to live."
They also committed their cities to raise minimum wages, but said a national effort is needed.
The majority of Arizonans were delighted to see the state's incumbent attorney general, Tom Horne, and Superintendent of Public Instruction, John Huppenthal, defeated.
But even as the San Diego Labor Council hailed the new measure, it warned about an underhanded petition to undermine it.
Chris Christie brought checks to the fundraiser totaling $4 million, demonstrators shouted, "Illinois is not for sale."
"We cannot and we will not stand silent while workers are impoverished through the supply chains of big business and attacked by their own governments."