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A Closer Look (Minimum Wage) #835338

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Aug 02, 2006
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(Studio: Diane Sawyer) The fierce debate in Congress about raising the federal minimum wage introduced.

(Studio: Betsy Stark) The minimum wage issue examined; statistics cited; details given about why the issue is being considered now. [In 1996, OFFICIAL, National Federation of Independent Businesses Jack FARIS†- offer views on the minimum wage.] [Fairness Initiative of Low-Wage Work Beth SHULMAN†- cites the plight of the minimum wage worker.] [Senator Harry REID - cites the power of Oprah.] [On "Oprah," host Oprah WINFREY†- raises the issue.] [John Hancock economist Bill CHENEY†- downplays job losses {if the wage is hiked.}] The fact that 18 states have raised the wage on their own noted. The low odds of the wage legislation passing in 2006 discussed.

Sawyer, Diane;
Stark, Betsy

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