Obama renews push for higher minimum wage

By Balitang America Staff, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Sept. 2, 2014

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – President Barack Obama spoke about the economy Monday at Laborfest in Milwaukee, Wis. where he renewed his push for Congress to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

So far, 13 states have raised their minimum wage since the beginning of the year.

Obama said the states that acted on their own also added jobs faster than states that didn’t — countering a Congressional Budget Office report that claimed a minimum wage hike would kill jobs.

Republicans have also opposed the raise, saying that it would hurt small businesses.

Still, Obama cited examples of economic improvements in his Labor Day address, telling hundreds of union members that America’s workers are better off since he became president.

“By almost every measure, the American economy and American workers are better off than when I took office,” he said. “We’re better off by almost every measure. But look — none of this progress has come easy. Every inch of it we have had to fight for, every inch of it we’ve had to work against a lock step opposition that is opposed to everything we do. But it was worth it. Every gray hair is worth it. Every gray hair is worth it and at least I still got some hair.”

Do you agree with Obama that the U.S. economy and workers are better off today than when he first took office?

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