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President Obama to Raise Minimum Wage for Federal Contract Workers

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WGGB) — Ahead of his State of the Union address Tuesday, the White House says President Barack Obama plans to sign an executive order that will increase the minimum wage for federal contract workers.

The executive action comes independent of Congress and will raise wages for those workers from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour.

This is the first of many potential executive actions tied to proposals that could be made during Tuesday’s State of the Union.

The order comes amid an effort to raise the minimum wage for all working Americans, and not just federal contract workers.

30 states across the U.S. currently have legislation in the works to raise the minimum wage. That list includes Massachusetts, where some lawmakers hope to raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.25 per hour.

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