Walker speaks out against raising minimum wage

Posted Thursday, January 23, 2014 --- 1:21 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker says raising the minimum wage is a "political grandstanding stunt" that will kill jobs.

Walker spoke out Thursday at a meeting of the Wisconsin Grocers Association meeting.

Democrats nationally and in Wisconsin have been pushing for a minimum wage hike. Walker's Democratic challenger, Mary Burke, says she supports raising it by 35 cents an hour to $7.60.

But Walker says raising the minimum wage will lead to job losses and opportunities for young people to find entry-level positions.

Walker says those who support a higher minimum wage are using "misguided political rhetoric."

An NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey in December found that more than six in 10 voting-age adults said they would support an increase of the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour.

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