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National Bus Tour Demands America Gets a Raise

The surge in young underemployed workers is one reason why raising the minimum wage is gaining such momentum.

BELVIDERE- The "Give America a Raise" tour bus rolls in and out of Belvidere on a mission to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

"When working people have money it's good for everyone," said Americans United for Change Spokeswoman Lauren Weiner.

Their argument is that the cost of food, healthcare, gas and utilities keeps going up and paychecks are not.

"If you work hard in America you should earn enough to feed your family, put a roof over their heads and clothes on their back," said Weiner.

Many lawmakers are firm on their belief that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss. Supporters are trying to get Illinois Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger to sign a pledge to increase it.

"Incremental and moderate minimum wage increase overtime has shown that it actually helps small business, most small businesses," said Electrical Workers Local 364 Agent Charlie Laskonis.

The group says it will continue spreading their message until people are on board, so that working Americans making minimum wage don't have to live on $15,000 per year.

On Capital Hill the House of Representatives will have the chance to vote on a bill raising hourly rates this spring. 


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