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Give America A Raise bus tour is traveling across Ohio

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The push is on to raise the national minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. This has brought excitement to many people and nervousness to small business owners.

The raise-the-wage tour is going on all throughout Ohio, and the next stop is Dayton, Ohio.

People living and working in the Toledo area are on both sides of the minimum wage increase issue. Maureen Wilcheck, a TARTA employee, says increasing the minimum wage would help her in a big way.

"It's very hard to make ends meet. That's why I had to take a second job just to cover paying all my bills and just to get the most minor health insurance," said Wilcheck.

If the minimum wage is increased to $10.10, that would dramatically affect Thomas Bolander's popular Toledo restaurant, Tom's Bar-B-Que and Grill.

"I'd have to raise the menu prices right off the get-go to compensate for that kind of wage because the food business is such a small profit margin and it would be hard to be able to pay them $10.10 an hour," said Bolander.

The "Give America a Raise" bus tour is getting out across America promoting the benefits of raising the minimum wage.

"$10.10 means 1.14 million Ohio workers will see a raise and that's good for the local economy and the state as a whole. When you make more money, you spend more money," said Jimmy Donofrio, Americans United for Change.

The current minimum wage in Ohio is $7.95 an hour. The senate will have a vote on the minimum wage legislation on Wednesday April 30.

For more information visit: www.whitehouse.gov/raise-the-wage and www.americansunitedforchange.org

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