Why Did Obama Go to Michigan to Talk About the Minimum Wage?

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President Barack Obama headed to Ann Arbor, Michigan Wednesday to make appeals on his minimum wage increase. The pay raise has been heavily on his agenda since he announced his intention to push for an increase at his State of the Union Address — and as promised then, he has begun making use of the power of the pen recently when it became clear that Congress wasn’t going to hop on board just yet. He upped minimum wage for federal employees, and made changes to overtime rules. His administration has also been emphasizing the benefits that women would see with such a change, and the fact that it would aid in narrowing the pay gap between genders, saying that, “Increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and indexing it to inflation could close about 5 percent of the gender wage gap.”

Now, in Michigan, Obama emphasized Ford’s major increase in payment for his workers, referencing Ford’s belief that workers perform better when paid fairly. Obama has been encouraging states themselves to go for the increase as Congress has been emerged in controversy over possible unintended effects on the job market or economic considerations. According to a white house released map using population survey data and CEA calculations, Michigan’s workforce would have a minimumwage_031814

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