The federal minimum wage was raised to $7.25 during the first part of President Obama's first term, about eight years ago. Toward the end of President Obama's second term, he wanted to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10. The opposing party would not have any part of that.

In talking with a local Republican about the $10.10 federal wage, he told me it would nickel and dime us to death. I feel this is very selfish on his part. I would guess he is making $15 to $20 per hour. I have always been happy to see people making good wages and benefits. I have always thought it was good for business.

Now that the Republican Party has control in Madison and Washington, maybe they would address this situation, but I'm not holding my breath.

Dennis Gjerseth

Humbird

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Jackson County Chronicle editor

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