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Raising the Minimum Wage?

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Senator Tom Harkin is looking for support from Iowans on a measure to increase the federal minimum wage.

Speaking at a community meeting, Harkin (D-IA) said the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 has gained steam in Washington, and he thinks it stands a good chance.

He said the bill would give 340,000 Iowans a raise.

The wage increased to $7.25/hour four years ago. President Obama wants to see it increased to $9/hour.

Harkin wants to see an even bigger hike. He is looking to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

"When you raise the minimum wage, folks don't go to the Cayman Islands or travel abroad, they spend their money in my neighborhood," he said.

Still, some small business owners have expressed concerns, saying they can't afford to pay their employees more.

For his part, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has said, "I've always considered minimum wage increase proposals in the past... but even Democratic leadership in the Senate has recognized we need to be focused on new job creation before adding cost burdens on small businesses."

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