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Raising the Minimum Wage for Working Men and Women in California and the Rest of America

Is It Time to Increase the Minimum Wage?

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President Obama wants Congress to “give America a raise.” But Republicans say it would be a disaster for small business. But, even if Washington fails to increase the minimum wage, states and cities already are acting on their own, along with a major employer: Gap clothing. TheCongressional Budget Office warns a federal hike might cause 500,000 jobs to disappear — at the same time almost a million people could be lifted out of poverty. We look at what’s happening around the country and the potential consequences for this year’s congressional elections.

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