Minimum-Wage Workers Get Federal Raise The federal minimum wage goes up 70 cents to $5.85 an hour. More than a million workers will make around $1,500 a year more than they would have without the increase. It is the first increase in a decade.
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Minimum-Wage Workers Get Federal Raise

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STEVE INSKEEP, Host:

NPR's Adam Davidson tells us more.

ADAM DAVIDSON: Senator Ted Kennedy has been a strong advocate for the increase. He says he expects the minimum wage will be a major issue in next year's elections.

TED KENNEDY: It's going to be a big thing, because I'm going to offer a further increase in the minimum wage.

DAVIDSON: Kennedy is pushing for the minimum wage to be a so-called living wage.

KENNEDY: We're talking somewhere at $9.50 an hour.

DAVIDSON: Adam Davidson, NPR News.

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