President to visit U-M Wednesday to propose raising minimum wage

WASHINGTON — The White House Monday announced that President Barack Obama will deliver remarks on his proposal to raise the national minimum wage at the University of Michigan on Wednesday.

The Obama administration last Friday announced that it would hold an event in Ann Arbor, marking the president’s first trip to the state since February, when he visited Michigan State University in East Lansing to sign the federal farm bill.

Obama’s event this Wednesday will focus on his push to get Congress to increase the national minimum wage, which was last raised in 2009, from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour. Obama has held other events on the topic at institutions of higher education in Florida and Connecticut.

The White House said the event Wednesday afternoon will be open to the media, invited guests, and ticketed students. The speech will be held at the University of Michigan Intramural Sports Building. The White House did not publicly release the time, but a U-M news release said the event will begin at 2:30 p.m., with doors opening at 12:30 p.m.

A limited number of tickets for U-M students will be available starting at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Michigan Union Ticket Office, 530 S. State St., Ann Arbor. Students need to show their U-M student identification, MCard, to receive one ticket. There will be no tickets available for the general public for this event.

Proposals to increase the minimum wage enjoy support among the public according to polls. But Republicans in the majority in the U.S. House generally oppose the proposed increase. Democrats hope to make the proposal a winning issue for them in the midterm elections this year.



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