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President Obama discusses minimum wage in Ann Arbor

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(04/02/14) - Saying no one who works full time should be in poverty, President Barack Obama was in Michigan Wednesday to make his case to raise the nation's minimum wage.

The president spoke to a crowd of mostly students at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

President Obama was met with plenty of cheers and lot of enthusiasm when he stopped here at the intramural building at U of M. Students camped out all night Monday to get in.

He applauded efforts to raise the state minimum wage and rallied for legislation that raises the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Right now, the minimum wage in Michigan is $7.40 an hour.

President Obama says it's not fair that families work full time and still can't make ends meet.

These efforts have been met with resistance from republican opponents.

President Obama took a partisan approach to his speech, saying unfair wages shouldn't get in the way of an American trying to make an honest living.

"It's easy to remember $10.10, $10.10, passing this bill would not just raise wages for minimum workers, it would lift wages for millions of Americans including a million people right here in Michigan. It would lift millions of people out of poverty right away . It would help millions more work their way out of poverty right away," he said.

Before his speech, President Obama stopped at Zingerman's deli in Ann Arbor and praised them for how they treat minimum wage workers. He sat down to eat with a few Michiganders living on low pay.

Not everyone is in favor of the increase. The Michigan restaurant association says this legislation will close businesses and drive up menu prices.

This issue could be taken up by the senate soon.

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