"Keeping people below poverty wages costs us more in the long run."

The Hartford Courant's Dan Haar weighs in on the  proposal  now before the Senate to increase the minimum wage, examining trends and arguments on both sides. Haar concludes:

"Every penny of wages that go to the working poor is returned to the economy quickly. Keeping people below poverty wages costs us more in the long run. Some jobs will be lost, but studies show it's far, far less than opponents fear."

WNPR's Where We Live also featured a lively discussion this morning on the topic,  which is available here and will re-air tonight at 7 pm. Callers talked about what it's like to live and pay off student loans on minimum wage.

Click here to find your Senator and call today to tell him or her you support increasing the minimum wage.

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