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Increasing minimum wage a complex issue

Increasing the minimum wage will make life more livable for millions; everyone knows that. Increasing the minimum wage will cost jobs; everyone knows that. Both predictions are true, Editor Don Whitten writes as he looks into both sides of a proposal to boost the federal minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016. (March 12, 2014, Page 4)

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    Wage hikes and recessions – related or not?

    Editor Don Whitten’s research shows that, since the mid-1970s, most mandatory federal minimum wage increases came before, during or right after recessions in the United States, and he wonders what, if any, relation there might be between the two in light of President Obama’s call to raise the minimum wage to $9 per hour by 2015. (February 15, 2013, Page 4A)

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