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"Members of Congress have a pretty clear choice to make right now: Raise our workers wages, grow our economy or let wages stagnate further," said Obama. "Today, I'm going to do what I can to help raise working Americans' wages. Just as this is good for companies across the country, this will be good for America's bottom line." An increase in the minimum wage would benefit 28 million Americans, lifting millions of people out of poverty immediately, Obama said.
states the power to decide minimum wages is "the right approach."
contracts, including concession workers at national parks or nursing assistants providing care to veterans at nursing homes, by 40 percent to $10.10 from $7.25. The higher wage will apply to government contracts starting Jan. 1, 2015, the White House said. The action eventually is expected to help about 250,000 workers.
Jackson said in baking, where precision is key, he doesn't want to invest time and money training employees only to see them leave six months later. As a result, a person in the kitchen starting out could get $10 to $11 an hour, and a dishwasher can expect to get paid $8.50 an hour. As employees are given more responsibility, such as a dishwasher helping prepare ingredients such as flour for pie crusts, their pay can increase.
Thune charged that Democrats "are doing this purely and simply because they think it is Puma Suede Classic Debossed Trainers a great political wedge issue going into an election year, when we really ought to be focused on measures and remedies that will put people back to work and grow our economy and increase people's take home pay."
Minimum wage under pressure
on Wednesday afternoon, announced his intention to take the action at last month's State of the Union speech.
WASHINGTON President Obama called Wednesday on Congress to increase the minimum wage for all Americans to $10.10 an hour after he signed an executive order that would ensure federal workers receive a similar level of pay.
During the event Wednesday, Obama, flanked by federal workers who will benefit from the minimum wage hike,pressed Congress to match the executive order with a similar increase to the country's federal minimum wage for all Americans. The current minimum wage of $7.25 has been in place since July 2009.
But the possibility of a blanket wage hike for all workers drew mixed support from South Dakota's congressional delegation.
"We decided early on we were going to give our employees more than minimum wage," he said. "It doesn't make sense to pay people the minimum. What does that say about you if you're paying them the minimum? That's what their value is to you, the bare minimum.".
But Sen. John Thune said raising the minimum wage would have the opposite effect, hurting low income earners as businesses are forced to cut jobs because of higher payroll expenses. Instead, Thune said, any increase in the minimum wage should be left up to states, which better understand their own economies. South Dakota's minimum wage, now $7.25 an hour, would move to $8.50 if a majority of voters support the proposal in the Nov.
"I've heard from many families in South Dakota about their difficulty trying to make ends meet under the current minimum wage," Johnson said. While he supported Obama using his power to increase the minimum wage for federal employees, Johnson backs legislation for an increase to $10.10 for all workers.
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At Queen City Bakery in Sioux Falls, Mitch Jackson and his wife have plowed their profits back into the business, much of it going into higher wages and other benefits for their employees. The result is that some workers have stayed for three to four years, longer than traditionally seen in the food service industry. The time has allowed their employees to gain experience and insight to help the restaurant prosper.
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Sen. Tim Johnson told reporters that the federal minimum wage needs to be periodically adjusted to keep pace with inflation, similar to Social Security and other government benefits. Johnson said data he has seen showed an increase in the minimum wage to $10.10 would create jobs for South Dakota residents.
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