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Davis wants $10 minimum wage amid ‘Texas Miracle’

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A call by Democrat Wendy Davis to raise the Texas minimum wage to $10 an hour as protesters nationwide demand better pay for fast-food workers is drawing criticism from business leaders.

The Texas Association of Business said Friday the plan would hurt more people than help. That response came after Davis said during a stop in her campaign for governor that she would fight to boost the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour because “this is a family issue.”

On Thursday, police handcuffed dozens of people in cities nationwide during protests to get McDonald’s, Burger King and others to raise wages.

Davis is facing Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott. His campaign Friday called her idea a job-killer.

Critics say the so-called economic “Texas Miracle” is propped up by low-paying jobs.

 

Robert Francis
Robert is a Fort Worth native and longtime editor of the Fort Worth Business Press. He is a former president of the local Society of Professional Journalists and was a freelancer for a variety of newspapers, weeklies and magazines, including American Way, BrandWeek and InformatonWeek. A graduate of TCU, Robert has held a variety of writing and editing positions at publications such as the Grand Prairie Daily News and InfoWorld. He is also a musician and playwright.

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