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Minimum wage raised to $10/hr?

Minimum wage raised to $10/hr?

By Cassie Alsup. CREATED Nov 8, 2013

President Obama is making headlines for his decision to support Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid's Harkin-Miller bill, which is also know as the Fair Minimum Wage Act. This bill proposes raising minimum wage to at least $10/hr. That change would not occur all at once, but over a few years time. 

“The president has long supported raising the minimum wage so hard-working Americans can have a decent wage for a day’s work to support their families and make ends meet,” a White House official told NY Times.

The last time minimum wage was raised was in 2007 when it went to $7.25. Many Republicans and some Democrats are worried that a change so drastic will cause many employers to cut jobs. Therefore Republicans will have a rebuttal to the bill to compromise and find a way to improve the workforce.

"We're going to have some ideas about job creation and supporting higher wages by creating more jobs and more demand for labor," Sen. John Hoeven, R-North Dakota told CNN's Political Ticker.

The change could be quick, even in a few weeks' time if Reid gets his way. That will mean that minimum wage could begin to change incrementally right around the holidays. 

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