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Labor secretary touts minimum wage hike during Louisville visit

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A member of President Obama's cabinet was in Louisville Wednesday to get support to raise the minimum wage.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez spoke to WDRB about the chances of getting a bill through Congress.

Perez made several stops in Louisville, including the Office Environment Company on West Main Street, to lead a discussion on why the federal minimum wage should be raised.  The Obama administration has been pushing Congress to raise the rate from the current $7.25 an hour to just over $10 an hour.

The administration believes raising the wage could have a positive impact on lower-income families who are struggling in this uncertain economy.

But opponents say that would be a burden on small businesses, raising their costs and, in turn, increasing the unemployment rate.

Secy. Perez believes the Senate will pass a bill raising the wage before the end of this year: "So there's been a long bipartisan tradition of support for increasing the minimum wage....Nobody who works a full-time job should have to live in poverty, and I think people recognize that across the spectrum of America."

Earlier, the secretary visited the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center in south Louisville, which receives federal money.  The center features advanced training for people looking to move into manufacturing jobs.

Perez also toured the Ford plant on Fern Valley Road.

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