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In governor races, Democrats eye wage increase

December 30, 2013 • Business


FILE – In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, smiles while speaking in Philadelphia. Republicans governors running for re-election next year are looking to capitalize on distaste for Washington, D.C., gridlock and President Barack Obama’s dropping public approval amid the pitfalls of rolling out his signature health care law, and Democratic challengers may need to respond with a popular cause. A minimum wage increase could be the answer. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republican governors running for re-election next year are looking to capitalize on distaste for Washington gridlock and President Barack Obama’s dropping public approval amid the bumpy rollout of his signature health care law — and Democratic challengers may need to respond with a popular cause.

A minimum wage increase could be the answer.

Democrats vying to challenge a slew of Republican governors, particularly those seeking re-election in states that Obama won last year, are talking up an increase as their campaigns get off the ground 11 months before the election.

Polls say it’s publicly popular, it revives the message of economic inequality that Obama wielded effectively last year, and it comes wrapped in a broader jobs and economic message that touches on the top priority of many voting Americans.

In Pennsylvania, championing a minimum wage increase is already popular among the big Login to read more

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