Business groups slam House for passing $15 minimum wage bill

Andres Orellana cooks vegetables at Illegal Pete’s on the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder last December. Illegal Pete’s has announced that they will raise minimum wage to $15 per hour nationally.

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The House of Representative’s decision to pass a bill raising the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour received almost immediate criticism from major business organizations.

The groups say the bill, which the Democrat-controlled chamber passed in a 231-199 vote, would be expensive and lead to increased unemployment.

“The House dealt a devastating blow to small businesses today, risking record growth, job creation, and already increasing wages,” Juanita Dugganin, president and CEO of the National Federation of Independent…

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