Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on February 13, 2013 @ 7:22PM
Created on February 13, 2013 @ 5:50PM
One of the hot topics of the State of the Union address was minimum wage. President Barack Obama announced to the nation that he wants to raise the federal minimum wage by $1.75 over the next two years.
Most people said it's a good idea for the workers. Some said that this could be hard on some small businesses if the minimum wage were to rise.
In the State of the Union address, President Obama said that "No one who works full time should have to live in poverty."
He went on to say "...so let's raise the minimum wage to $9."
Right now, it's federally set at $7.25. The last federal minimum wage increase was in 2009 when it rose from $5.15 to $7.25 an hour. Some states have already been talking about raising their minimum wages.
Locals think it could be a good idea.
"It's a good thing for the people who get the raise. At the same time, it may hurt businesses a little bit but, you know, $9 is really not a lot of money. For the people that are getting more than $7 something an area, minimum wage now, if you increase it a couple dollars it will help some, sure," said Robert McGinn.
At last report in 2011, the US Bureau of Labor Statistics said that a little less than 2-million people earned minimum wage.
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Feb 13, 2013 at 9:06 PM
I just can't wait for all these people who stupidly think they can create a 'utopia' where everyone gets everything their little misled hearts desire and think they are going to get it all for 'free.' Patiently waiting for the PAYDAY they won't want to see but never-the-less WILL arrive sooner than they think. Nothing is free; and Obama will be sending you the bill very very soon. TAXES anyone???