"Give America a Raise" bus tour comes to Ohio

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CLEVELAND - Sen. Sherrod Brown, Ed FitzGerald and other local politicians came to Cleveland today with the "Give America a Raise" bus tour.

The bus stopped at the SEIU District 1199 on E. 30th St.

The tour is pushing to raise the minimum wage in the U.S. from $7.95 an hour to $10.10 an hour. President Obama is heading up the effort in Washington.

A recent Public Policy Polling survey found that 64% of Ohioans support the hike in the minimum wage. 36% oppose it.

The Center for American Progress Action Fund finds that raising the minimum wage would generate more than $977 million in economic activity in Ohio alone.

Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change says the move will create jobs.

"It puts more money in the pockets of workers who will quickly inject it back into the economy -- workers that include child care providers, janitors, and nursing assistants and who are 35 years old on average. Millions of people with more money to spend on goods and services means businesses will need to hire more workers to meet the demand. Decades' worth of research done after previous minimum wage increases shows nothing but net economic benefits as a result, which is why so many successful business leaders and over 600 economists including seven Nobel Laureates are calling on Congress to raise it again now," Woodhouse says.

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