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Akron Council urges Congress to raise minimum wage

By Stephanie Warsmith Published: February 11, 2014

Akron City Council passed a resolution this week urging Congress to raise the minimum wage.

The federal minimum wage is currently $7.25. President Barack Obama, who raised the minimum wage for federal contract workers, has urged Congress to adopt legislation boosting it for other workers.

Akron Councilman Jeff Fusco said he doesn't know where the rate will end up, with proposals ranging from $9 to $10.

"This needs to be looked at," he said.

Councilwoman Margo Sommerville said many young people and single mothers are below the poverty line "in part because the minimum wage is too low."

Councilman Russel Neal, Jr. supported the resolution after expressing concern about a higher minimum wage potentially raising the cost of goods, with retail businesses covering the additional expense by raising prices. He said this could hurt seniors on fixed incomes.

Council will forward the resolution to Summit County's Congressional delegation.

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