The State of Things
10:21 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Raising The Minimum Wage

President Barack Obama talks about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
President Barack Obama talks about the importance of raising the minimum wage.
Credit Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy

President Barack Obama signed an executive order last week to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 per hour. He is pushing for Congress to pass a bill that will do the same for all Americans. 

Host Frank Stasio talks with Jeffrey Dorfman, professor of agricultural and applied economics at the University of Georgia and Bill Lester, professor of city and regional planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, about the effects of raising the minimum wage. 

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