President Pushes For Minimum Wage In Michigan

By Dave Leval - 21Alive
By Eric Dutkiewicz - 21Alive

April 2, 2014 Updated Apr 3, 2014 at 11:38 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (21Alive) - President Barack Obama was in the Midwest on Thursday pushing for a raise in the minimum wage.

The president spoke at the University of Michigan earlier in the day, requesting Congress pass legislation that would increase the federal minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour.OBAMA "Raising the minimum wage to help more folks get ahead!" "Cheers!"

The president wants to raise that amount to $10.10 an hour.

"In America, we do not believe in opportunity for the few. We believe everybody should have a chance at success," the president says. "Nobody who works full time should be raising their children in poverty."

The Congressional Budget Office predicts raising the minimum wage will lift nearly 1 million people out of poverty. But, there's a price to pay for it. The CBO also predicts 500,000 Americans will lose their jobs.

Obama chose to stop at Zingerman's Deli to promote his pitch. He points out owners recently raised the minimum wage for employees.

"I've worked as a waitress throughout college to help pay expenses," Mira Friedlander, a student who works at the deli, says. "Sometimes, it's not enough; sometimes, it's real hard."

Michigan has a $7.40 per hour minimum wage, and as a state faces Republican push back to a possible state-level increase in minimum wage.

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