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Minimum wage, economy topics of Maryland Senate debate

October 7th, 2016 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Rep. Chris Van Hollen and state Del. Kathy Szeliga  have expressed big differences over economic policies in a Maryland U.S. Senate debate.

Van Hollen, a Democrat, said Friday on Washington's WAMU-FM that he would support moving toward a federal minimum wage of $15 an hour. He says it's a scandal that someone can work 40 hours a week and still be below the federal poverty level.

Szeliga, a Republican, says she supports keeping the federal minimum wage at $7.25 an hour. She says raising the minimum wage is a short-term solution to a long-term problem. She says the best answer is to create opportunities so people can have careers, not minimum-wage jobs.

Van Hollen is a seven-term congressman. Szeliga has been a member of the Maryland House of Delegates since 2011.

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