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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A raise in the minimum wage will be a major focus of the 23rd annual People's State of the State rally this week.

Mark Dunlea of the Hunger Action Network says he's hoping that Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address on Wednesday will call for raising the minimum wage to $10 an hour. Dunlea says the Assembly's minimum wage proposal isn't enough.

The People's State of the State rally is scheduled for Tuesday at noon at the Capitol.

Besides raising the minimum wage, key issues for 2013 will include increasing funding for emergency food, ending childhood hunger, fair taxes and campaign finance reform.

After the event, the group will deliver a People's Litmus Test for the upcoming session to Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos.

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