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State of the Union to Address Minimum Wage

Just ahead of the State of the Union Address tonight, President Obama says he'll sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage for new federal workers from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour.

Just ahead of the State of the Union Address tonight, President Obama says he'll sign an executive order to increase the minimum wage for new federal workers from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. This only affects those working under future government contracts, not existing ones. It comes as a bill presented to Congress for the same minimum wage increase nation-wide gets little support from republicans. An economics expert at Utica College says the President's move is more political than impactful. "In many ways this is signaling his frustration at congress and especially those on the republican side say ok you're going to just push ahead and not compromise, not negotiate, and why should we work with you at all and that could make for very tough going ahead," said Richard Fenner. The President's State of the Union Address begins tonight at 9 o'clock.
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