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One group strongly opposes raising the minimum wage

The state could lose up to 260-million dollars in federal funding for Medicaid this year. That's because of lower-than-expected revenues from Michigan's new one-percent tax on health insurance claims, which started in January.

President Obama is expected to talk about raising the federal minimum wage in his State of the Union address tonight.
Across Michigan, there’s also increasing focus on raising the minimum wage for the first time since 2008. 
The Raise Michigan campaign is working to get an initiative on the ballot that would raise the minimum wage to somewhere between $9 and $10.10 per hour. But the Michigan Chamber of Commerce strongly opposes raising the minimum wage.
Joining us to explain why is Wendy Block, director of health policy in human resources at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. 
We also spoke with Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard.

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