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In Michigan, Obama calls for minimum wage hike

Published: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 2:42 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, April 2, 2014 10:33 p.m. CDT
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President Barack Obama sitting between Mira Friedlander, a 22 year old senior at the University of Michigan, left, and Aisha Turner, 36, a mother of three who has worked for nearly two decades as a server, and Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., right, have lunch at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor, Mich., Wednesday, April 2, 2014, before the president was to speak at the University of Michigan about his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — President Barack Obama is arguing for an increase in the minimum wage, saying no one who works full time should be in poverty.

Obama says raising the minimum wage won't solve all of the nation's economic problems. But he says it's good for business, increasing productivity and giving workers more buying power.

Ahead of his remarks, Obama visited an Ann Arbor deli where workers make $9 an hour, higher than the federal hourly minimum wage of $7.25.

The Senate could vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 as early as next week. The White House says raising the minimum wage would benefit more than 970,000 workers in Michigan.

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