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Three sides to debate over raising minimum wage

President Obama has asked Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $9 an hour from $7.25, with automatic increases tied to inflation.

The White House says the proposal would increase the earnings of about 15 million low-income workers. In Massachusetts, where the state minimum is $8 an hour, the proposal would directly affect more than 190,000 workers, increasing their average earnings by more than $900 a year, according the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center, a think tank.

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