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Hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio said he'd lobby the state for the right to set the city's minimum wage, Gov. Andrew Cuomo rebuffed the idea. Advocates also rallied yesterday in Albany for legislation giving communities statewide the right to set baseline wages, and not just New York City.  Cuomo said in a radio interview that allowing municipalities to set their own tax rates and wage limits would create a "chaotic situation" where communities would "cannibalize" each other in a competition for economic growth. Legislative leaders will likely be no help either, as they recently worked with the governor to raise the minimum wage statewide to $9 by 2015. Democratic Sen. Jeffrey Klein, the Senate co-leader, said he'd like to "move on." Advocates point out that the data do support the governor's argument, and that he already sets different tax rates and incentives for different areas.

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