Romney Supports Automatic Hikes in Minimum Wage

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) -- Republican presidential contender Mitt
Romney has renewed his support for automatic increases in the
federal minimum wage to keep pace with inflation. That position
puts the former Massachusetts governor sharply at odds with
traditional GOP business allies, conservatives and the party's
senior lawmakers.

He says he's supported the change for more than a decade.

But Romney did not tell reporters aboard his chartered campaign
plane whether he would ask Congress to approve the change if he
wins the White House this fall.

Congress first enacted federal minimum wage legislation in 1938
and has raised it sporadically since. The last increase took effect
in three installments and reached $7.25 an hour for covered
workers, effective July 24, 2009.

It has never been allowed to rise automatically, as Romney

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