As lawmakers battle over a minimum wage increase that Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass, has supported, GOP opponents highlighted the Big Dig, in Kennedy's home state, as an example of wasteful government spending. Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., presented a poster-sized chart depicting two piles of cash: one, labeled $8.3 billion, was the value of small-business tax cuts the GOP wants to include in a minimum wage bill, and the other, labeled $8.5 billion, was the federal contribution to the Big Dig.

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