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President's Plea for Higher Minimum Wage
In his Labor Day Weekend Weekly Address; President Obama used the holiday platform to make another plea for a high minimum wage.
The President talked about strengthening the middle class; saying everyone has the right to affordable health insurance, fair Pay, family leave workplace flexibility and a fair living wage.He said no one who works full-time should ever have to raise a family in poverty.
"A hard day's work deserves a fair day's pay. and raising the minimum wage would be one of the best ways to give a boost to working families. it would help around 28 million Americans from all walks of life pay the bills, provide for their kids, and spend that money at local businesses. And that grows the economy for everyone. The bottom line is, America deserves a raise, but until we've got a congress that cares about raising working folks' wages, it's up to the rest of us to make it happen," said the President.
The President noted that 13 states and the District of Columbia have raised their minimum wages since he first asked congress to raise the minimum wage. He says the states that have raised the minimum wage this year have experienced higher job growth than the states that haven't.