Obama to visit Ann Arbor Wednesday

WASHINGTON (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - President Barack Obama will travel to Ann Arbor next week for an event supporting his call to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

Although the proposal faces an uncertain future at best with Republicans in control of the U.S. House, Obama and fellow Democrats have been pressing the call for the increase, hoping to make it an election-year issue.

The White House said Obama will travel to Ann Arbor on Wednesday for an event and that further details would become available in the days to come.

The current federal minimum wage for covered nonexempt employees is $7.25 per hour and was last raised in 2009. Polls have shown widespread support for an increase but critics say it could result in employers being less apt to hire new workers.

A pro-increase group in Michigan calling itselfRaise Michigan is collecting signatures in an attempt to put a question of raising the minimum wage in the state to $10.10 before the state Legislature. If lawmakers didn't act in a set time frame, it could result in the question being decided by voters.

Democrats widely see raising the minimum wage as a way to stoke voter turnout in this year's midterm elections. Obama has already unilaterally raised the federal minimum wage on new federal contracts to $10.01.


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