As expected, Assembly Democrats on Thursday introduced a pair of bills that would accelerate the time table for a minimum wage increase approved last year and end tax credits to businesses who employ low-wage teens.

The measures, announced in a news release by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assembly Labor Committee Chairman Carl Heastie, come after the state’s minimum wage officially increase from the federal $7.25 minimum to $8.

Legislation approved last year would increase the minimum wage to $9 by the start of 2016.

But the liberal state lawmakers have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the agreement, which Senate Republicans had initially opposed but eventually signed off on.

“Introducing this legislation to accelerate the three-stage minimum wage increase underscores the fact that right now, there are thousands of hardworking men and women that are still forced to choose between putting food on the table for their families and paying their bills each month. These are the people – the families with children to feed, houses to maintain and doctor’s expenses to pay for – that simply cannot wait two more years for a decent raise,” Silver said in a statement. “It is unreasonable to condemn these families to a life of poverty in order to appease large-scale businesses that are exploiting the working poor to maximize profits.”

At the same time, the lawmakers say the tax credit measure has incentivized businesses to not hire older workers and turn to students in order to pay them the minimum wage.

“We refuse to sit by as thousands of New Yorkers work day-in and day-out on minimum wage and struggle to support their families,” Heastie said. “With this legislation, the Assembly majority is taking significant strides toward giving these hardworking men and women a better shot at a more fair and honest minimum wage in one year, rather than in two.”