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Gov. Walker says raising minimum wage will kill jobs

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Governor Scott Walker responded to recent calls for raising the state minimum wage by calling those efforts "political grandstanding stunt" that will kill jobs.

Walker made the comments Thursday while speaking to a meeting of the Wisconsin Grocers Association in Madison.

Democrats nationally and in Wisconsin have been pushing for a minimum wage increase. Walker's Democratic challenger in the 2014 governor's race, Mary Burke, says she supports raising it by 35 cents to $7.60/hour.

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

A 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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