LAS VEGAS — Vice President Joe Biden stopped at a Mexican restaurant in downtown Las Vegas to make a pitch for raising the minimum wage nationally to $10.10 per
had facts at his fingertips when he met for lunch Monday afternoon with three Hispanic business owners, Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and local Democratic Congressman Steven Horsford.
The vice president said that boosting the minimum wage from the current $7.25 nationally would pump $19 billion into the national economy. He said small businesses are the life blood of the economy and raising the wage at those businesses would lift millions of people out of poverty, including 256,000 people in Nevada.
"Every time we raise the minimum wage, we talk about how it will hurt small business. The irony is it actually has helped small business," Biden said.
He said all that money would lead to more spending and ultimately more jobs.