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Economics, labor and business experts will debate whether Congress should raise the minimum wage on WNIT's "Politically Speaking" television show, airing live Sunday at 2 p.m. on Channel 34.1. (Truth file photo)
Minimum wage debate to be featured on Politically Speaking

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 7:54 a.m.

WNIT's "Politically Speaking" this Sunday will focus on "Raising the Minimum Wage." 

The television show, broadcast live at 2 p.m. Sunday on Channel 34.1 and rebroadcast Monday at 3 p.m. on Channel 34.2, had been scheduled to air on March 9 but had to be rescheduled because of technical difficulties, said station spokesman Roger Chrastil.

The U.S. Senate had been scheduled to debate a proposal from Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, to increase the minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10 gradually by 2016. But Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has pushed it back to the end of March or April because of heavy Republican opposition.

The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has predicted the measure, a top initiative of the Obama administration, could lift 900,000 people out of poverty, but could also eliminate from zero to 1 million jobs.

The show's guests include Tony Flora, president of the North Central Indiana AFL-CIO, who will argue for raising the minimum wage; Marty Wolfson, professor of economics and director of the Higgins Center for Labor Studies at the University of Notre Dame, also arguing for the increase; Kyle Hannon, president and CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce, arguing against the increase; and Jim Rogers, associate faculty member in the Leighton School of Business & Economics at Indiana University South Bend, arguing against the increase while proposing other changes to reduce income inequality.

IUSB professor Elizabeth Bennion will host the debate.