Local impact of the push to raise minimum wage

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Minimum wage was a key topic in President Obama's State of the Union address Tuesday night. He wants to raise it from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 an hour for federally contracted workers.

"The cold, hard fact is that even in the midst of recovery, too many Americans are working more than ever just to get by, let alone get ahead. And too many still aren't working at all," President Obama said.

An Associated Press fact check shows it boost pay for about 200,000 employees. The president can issue the executive order, but would need congressional approval to raise minimum wage for all federal workers.

"Because if you cook our troops' meals or wash their dishes, you shouldn't have to live in poverty," President Obama said.

Some people we talked with agree.

"With what minimum wage is right now, a man cannot even pay his rent," taxi driver Larry Boyd said. "He must work a job and a half to do it."

"I think it gives you more incentive to work and it gives people a little more incentive to find those kind of jobs," Evander Cobbs said.

If you work a non-federal minimum wage job in Washington, there could be good news for you. Governor Inslee recently said in the State of the State, he'd like to see the minimum wage increased in Washington. Even though our state has the highest in the country at $9.32 an hour, he wants people to earn more.

"There are thousands of working moms and dads with full-time jobs. Sometimes two or three jobs. Who cannot afford, literally, to put adequate food on the table. That's why today I'm calling for an increase in our minimum wage. In every community," Governor Inslee said in his address.

The proposed minimum wage increase by President Obama would only include new contracts, and start next year.