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Boehner Disses $9 Minimum Wage

House Speaker John Boehner dismissed President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise the federal minimum wage at a time when jobs are scarce. “When you raise the price of employment, guess what happens? You get less of it,” the Ohio Republican told reporters at a news conference today in Washington. “Why do we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?” In his State of the Union address last night to a joint session of Congress, Obama proposed raising the hourly federal minimum wage to $9 from $7.25 by the end of 2015. That would return the wage to its highest inflation-adjusted value since 1981, under President Ronald Reagan, according to a White House fact sheet/Roxana Tiron and James Rowley, Bloomberg BusinessWeek. More here.

Question: Do you support raising the minimum wage at all? To $9, as the president recommended? Or to a lesser figure?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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