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Boehner: Higher minimum wage will mean fewer jobs

Wednesday - 2/13/2013, 3:20pm  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As President Barack Obama pushes for the minimum wage increase that he called for in his State of the Union address, House Speaker John Boehner (BAY'-nur) is explaining why he thinks it's a bad idea.

Boehner says that when you "raise the price of employment," there are fewer jobs. He asks, "Why would we want to make it harder for small employers to hire people?"

But Obama, speaking today in North Carolina, said giving workers a decent living is part of the key to reviving the economy. He said, "If you work full time, you shouldn't be in poverty."

Obama last night proposed an increase in the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $9 an hour.

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241-a-09-(President Obama, speaking at Linamar Corp. truck parts plant)-"and get ahead"-President Obama says it's time to raise the minimum wage, because hard-working families shouldn't languish in poverty. (13 Feb 2013)

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239-w-35-(Mark Smith, AP White House correspondent, with President Obama)--President Obama is rallying support for his State of the Union proposals to boost manufacturing and hike the minimum wage. AP White House Correspondent Mark Smith reports. (13 Feb 2013)

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210-a-05-(House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, with reporters)-"less of it"-House Speaker John Boehner says hiking the minimum wage will mean fewer jobs. ((cut used in wrap; note audio quality)) (13 Feb 2013)

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208-w-27-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio)--The president's call for a more than 20-percent jump in the minimum wage is quickly being rejected by the top House Republican. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports. (13 Feb 2013)

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GRAPHICSBANK: US President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden (l) and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, delivers his State of the Union address on Capitol Hill, Washington, DC, graphic element on gray (13 Feb 2013)

APPHOTO CAP518: House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio listens at right as President Barack Obama gives his State of the Union address during a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday Feb. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, Pool) (12 Feb 2013)

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