News

Obama signs order boosting minimum wage

Obama signs order boosting minimum wage

MINIMUM WAGE: Obama spoke about raising the minimum wage during his State of the Union address. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama signed an executive order on Wednesday to raise the minimum wage for federal contract workers to $10.10 an hour starting next year and encouraged employers nationwide to increase wages for their workers.

Obama announced during his State of the Union address last month that he intended to take executive action to raise wages for federal contract workers.

The order will affect workers starting on January 1, 2015, and applies to new contracts and replacements for expiring contracts.

Obama, who has also pressed Congress to enact legislation to raise the minimum wage for all workers nationwide, urged business leaders and government officials to do more to increase workers’ incomes.

“I would ask any business leader out there, any governor, any mayor, any local leader listening: do what you can to raise your employees’ wages,” he said, rejecting arguments that doing so would hamper the economy.

“It’s not going to depress the economy, it’ll boost the economy,” he said.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Jim Loney)

News from ClarksvilleNow.com

quinton-thomas-quarles

yesterday in Crime, News

Man arrested for murder in Hopkinsville

Quinton Thomas Quarles charged in fatal shooting.

military job fair OWF

Friday in Military, News

Operation Warfighter helps soldiers find new careers

The OWF’s quarterly career fair places soldiers in internships.

house-for-sale

Friday in News

Crime prevention for remodled, vacant, for sale homes

CPD has had many reports of burglaries at vacant homes.

police-tape-350

Friday in Crime, News

Armed robbers break into home, threaten victims

The suspects involved in a home invasion on Misty Way have not yet been located.

101st Sustainment Brigade Welcome Home 080

Friday in Military, News

Soldiers of 101st Sustainment Brigade return on Thanksgiving

Approximately 140 Soldiers from the 594th Transportation Company will return to Fort Campbell from Kuwait.