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Grimes Pushes For Higher Minimum Wage

John Paul Henry

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.