WASHINGTON -- The White House says the people who will benefit from an increased minimum wage for new federal contracts will include janitors and construction workers, as well as military base workers who wash dishes, serve food and do laundry.
But officials aren't saying how many people will fall into those categories. President Barack Obama will announce in tonight's State of the Union address that he's taking executive action to raise that minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. He'll be renewing his call for Congress to pass a minimum wage increase for all Americans. He will also be announcing a new retirement savings plan is going to be geared toward workers whose employers don't currently offer those plans.
It's part of Obama's focus tonight on job training, retirement security and help for the long-term unemployed. House Speaker John Boehner notes that the increase is limited only to federal contractors, and he says the number of people who will benefit is "somewhere close to zero."
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