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Yarmuth, Fischer weigh-in on minimum wage debate

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A big topic of conversation in the state and beyond is minimum wage. After Senator Mitch McConnell decried the idea of raising the minimum wage on Friday, other local politicians weighed in Saturday.

On Friday, Senator McConnell said an increase in the minimum wage would mean a decrease in jobs.

He was in town to accept the endorsement of the National Association of Independent Business. He used it to highlight his opposition to increasing the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Both Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Congressman John Yarmuth disagree.

"Well I think that's typical of someone who is one of the wealthiest men in the United States Senate," Representative John Yarmuth said Saturday.

"[He] is totally out of touch with the way real people live. study after study shows that if you raise the minimum wage you not only help bring people out of poverty you help the economy and you create jobs and don't destroy them." Yarmuth said. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer says better pay leads to better employee retention and business performance.

"I don't know anyone that pays the minimum wage that hangs on to their employees," he said, "so to have a good business you have to pay competitively, especially in a city like this."

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