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Grimes jobs plan focuses on minimum wage hike, job training

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes makes a $10.10 minimum wage a key part of her jobs plan.

She released the plan at the Center for African-American Heritage in Louisville Thursday night.
Grimes also spoke of efforts to increase job training, cut red tape and oppose right to work measures if elected.

She spoke of securing federal funds to ensure "...that we are training our workers, invigorating rural Appalachia, offering better wages, especially for Kentucky women, and negotiating a better deal for Kentucky businesses."

Those are standard Democrat positions, but the minimum wage talk gains momentum not just from Frankfort, but from President Obama's proposal earlier this month.

"It will increase the wages of one in four Kentuckians, grow our domestic product and create over 2,200 good-paying jobs. Here in Louisville, the need is urgent," Grimes said in a WDRB News interview.

Her speech contained few other specifics but plenty of criticism of incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell.

Grimes did not speak to the crowd about Bluegrass Poll results released Thursday that show her leading McConnell, 46 to 42 percent.  Instead, Ky. Rep. John Yarmuth D-3rd district told the crowd during Grimes' introduction.  

A spokesperson for the Grimes campaign said in a statement that the poll results "mirror" what staffers are hearing across the state.

A McConnell campaign spokeswoman said in a statement that Grimes' jobs plan is "full of rhetoric and empty of substance and credibility."

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