WASHINGTON D.C. -- President Obama is shining a spotlight on what he says is a key domestic issue.
Julie Nelson traveled to Washington D.C. to find out more about his proposal to raise the minimum wage.
The President invited KARE 11, along with other TV stations from various parts of the country, to the White House as he promotes his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10.
The President told Julie that the move will help more than a 500,000 people in Minnesota alone get out of poverty.
Julie asked him about the small business owners in Minnesota who say a nearly 40 percent hike in the minimum wage is something they cannot afford.
"The effect overall on the economy, as well as small businesses is positive because what happens is consumers have more money, They spend more and the economy goes up," Obama said.
Minnesota has one of the nation's lowest minimum wages at $6.15 per hour, though most people earn the higher federal minimum wage.
In the President's State of the Union address he praised Punch Pizza, a Minnesota business that voluntarily raised their entry level wage to $10 per hour.
"If a pizza parlor can afford to provide a decent wage to their workers, there aren't too many small businesses that can't do the same."
Opponents argue the increase will raise employer expenses and which could lead to layoffs.