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Pres. Obama in Michigan to advocate minimum wage raise

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - President Obama will be at the University of Michigan Wednesday to rally support for his proposal to raise the national minimum wage.

The President is making a push to hike the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 by 2016.

At the rally in Ann Arbor, President Obama will have the support of Raise Michigan, a group thats trying to get the issue on the November ballot.

Raise Michigan hopes our state will join six others that passed laws to raise minimum wage.
But the president of Michigan's Restaurant Association opposes the measure, saying if the minimum wage hike goes through, menu prices will go up and some businesses may have to shut down.
Other opponents believe raising the minimum wage will slash jobs throughout the state.
But the President maintains the change will have a positive ripple effect on the economy.

"This wouldn't just raise wages for minimum wage workers, its effects would lift wages for nearly 28-million Americans across this country," President Obama said in his weekly web address. "It will give businesses more customers with more money to spend and grow the economy for everybody. So call up your member of Congress and let them know it's time for 'ten-ten.' It's time to give America a raise."

Some leaders in Michigan's Chamber of Commerce believe the President's visit to Michigan Wednesday is actually a political ploy, designed to boost democratic voters during an election year.

The President is expected to begin his address in Ann Arbor around 3pm.

Newschannel 3 will have a crew there to bring you full reports, starting at noon.