Pressing his economic case in an election year, President Barack Obama came to Michigan on Wednesday to praise the state's ongoing effort to raise the minimum wage -- and to accuse Republicans who oppose that step in Michigan and in Congress of standing in the way of prosperity for millions of Americans.
New Jersey's minimum wage for tipped employees has remained unchanged for more than two decades, at $2.13 an hour. A group of Garden State lawmakers wants to give these workers a raise, but they're meeting with resistance.
Mounting a show of support from like-minded governors, President Barack Obama put a spotlight Wednesday on a minimum wage push that Democrats hope will appeal to economically squeezed voters in November's midterm elections.
President Barack Obama promoted his effort to raise the minimum wage on Friday, declaring in a meeting with Democratic governors that higher pay is not only "good policy, it also happens to be good politics."
Boosting the federal minimum wage as President Barack Obama and congressional Democrats are proposing would increase earnings for more than 16.5 million people by 2016 but also cut employment by roughly 500,000 workers, Congress' nonpartisan budget analyst said Tuesday.
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