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The Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washginton, D.C. studied the 13 states that raised their minimum wages this year.

 

They found that these states had stronger job growth than those states that didn't.

 

Tyler Simonis with Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management says this goes against what a lot of people think.

 

"You can't draw sweeping conclusions, but Republicans can't say that states that raise the minimum wage will suffer the most.  When in fact the opposite happened. What's msot interesting to me, I would have thought states like Washington, which has the highest minimum wage,  would be suffering the most and that's not what happened.  The opposite happened."

 

The study looked at the first five months of 2014 and the last five months of 2013, in states that just raised their minimum wage.

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