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Kevin Johnson, other mayors urge hike in federal minimum wage

Mayor Kevin Johnson is leading an effort by more than 70 mayors from around the country who are urging Congress to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 per hour.

Johnson, president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, formed a task force at the organization’s annual conference in June to explore ways to combat growing income inequality in the country. Mayors at the meeting signed a letter expressing support for raising the minimum wage and renewed that campaign Friday.

“We are calling for this day of action not only to urge Congress to increase the minimum wage, but also to remind all of us that even though the economy is rebounding, the wage gap continues to grow at an alarming rate,” Johnson said in a statement.

A news release by the U.S. Conference of Mayors said the organization would join Obama administration officials and workers groups Friday in pressuring Congress to raise the minimum wage. Mayors – including West Sacramento’s Christopher Cabaldon – also took to social media outlets such as Twitter to promote the campaign.

Raising the federal minimum wage would increase wages for 28 million people, according to the release. The current federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

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