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In Michigan, Obama calls for minimum wage hike

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Vice President Joe Biden greeted workers at a DC restaurant that pays more than minimum wage. Vice President Joe Biden greeted workers at a DC restaurant that pays more than minimum wage.
ANN ARBOR, MI -

President Barack Obama is arguing for an increase in the minimum wage, saying no one who works full time should be in poverty.

Obama says raising the minimum wage won't solve all of the nation's economic problems. But he says it's good for business, increasing productivity and giving workers more buying power.

Ahead of his remarks, Obama visited an Ann Arbor deli where workers make $9 an hour, higher than the federal hourly minimum wage of $7.25.

The Senate could vote on a bill to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 as early as next week. The White House says raising the minimum wage would benefit more than 970,000 workers in Michigan.

Vice President Joe Biden, meantime, visited a DC restaurant today that pays its employees - who receive tips - more than the federal minimum wage.

Biden greeted customers and servers during lunch at the Florida Avenue Grill. He gave kudos to Imar Hutchinson, the owner of the restaurant, for increasing the tipped employee rate to $3.77 an hour plus tips.

Currently the federal minimum wage for workers who receive tips is $2.31 an hour, plus tips.

Biden said Hutchinson is helping the overall economy.

The Associated Press and NBC News contributed to this report.

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