Jeb Bush Rejects Idea Of Raising Federal Minimum Wage


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COLUMBIA (CBSMiami/AP) — Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he thinks minimum wage increases should be left up to businesses and state governments.

“State minimum wages are fine,” said Bush, making his first extended foray into the state that holds the initial Southern primary of the race for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

As governor, Bush opposed a 2004 ballot measure approved by voters in Florida that tied increases in the state minimum wage to inflation. Asked about the minimum wage at a pair of appearances on Tuesday, he said he doesn’t want to abolish the existing federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour, but also opposes raising it.

Democrats generally favor raising the minimum wage, while many Republicans oppose it.

“We’re moving to a world where it’s sticky in the ends, where it’s harder for people in poverty to move up, and where…

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