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Increasing the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour could lower the number of families in poverty but could also eliminate between 1.3 million and 3.7 million US jobs by 2025, according to a report from the Congressional Budget Office. "We need a common-sense approach to the minimum wage that reflects the economic realities of each region, because $15 in New York is not $15 in Alabama," said Sean Kennedy, executive vice president of public affairs for the National Restaurant Association.

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