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Idaho Rep. Labrador opposes minimum wage increases

U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador at an April 2013 Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce forum.
U.S. Rep. Raul Labrador at an April 2013 Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce forum. kjones@idahostatesman.com

In a conference call with reporters, Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, said raising minimum wages will hurt workers instead of helping them.

“You have people at entry level jobs that need to acquire the skills that are necessary so they can move up the food chain,” he told reporters in a conference call Dec. 9. “And if you make it more difficult for people to hire them at minimum wage, it’s impossible for them to actually gain those jobs and gain the experience they need so they can make more money in the future.”

Supporters of an increased minimum wage held rallies across the country the first week of December to raise awareness of the issue. Supporters say higher pay will help improve workers’ quality of life. Opponents say it will lead to job losses.

Read the full story at Boise State Public Radio.

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