Arkansas Minister: Poor Need Higher Minimum Wage

By Austin Robertson
Associated Press, Sep 3 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The minister who heads the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance says concern for the poor should prompt Congress to pass an increase in the minimum wage.

The Rev. Stephen Copley says the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour barely covers food and shelter in much of the country, and drives many hardworking men and women to food banks and homeless shelters.

He says, "A job should keep you out of poverty, not keep you in it."

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