Grimes pushes higher minimum wage

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Associated Press

Posted on February 4, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Updated Tuesday, Feb 4 at 11:06 AM

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes says increasing the federal minimum wage would be at the top of her agenda if she's elected to the U.S. Senate.

Grimes said in a release that a higher minimum wage would raise the income and spending power for tens of thousands of Kentucky families.

The issue presents a stark contrast between Grimes and Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell, who is seeking a sixth term this year.

McConnell says a higher minimum wage would force businesses to reduce jobs.

A Democratic push to boost the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is seen as a long shot in Congress this year. President Barack Obama made a push for the increase in his State of the Union speech.

Grimes is the Democratic front-runner for the seat held by McConnell.

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