President Barack Obama greets people after speaking at Coral Reef High School, Friday, March 7, 2014 in Miami. Obama traveled to the Miami school to unveil a new initiative to ensure more students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), a document required for most types of school financial aid such as Pell grants. (AP Photo/Javier Galeano)

Obama: It's time to give America a raise

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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says he's hearing from business owners across the country who are voluntarily paying their workers more than the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour.

In his weekly radio and Internet address, Obama says those actions show that change comes to Washington, not from it.

Congressional Republicans are resisting Obama's pleas to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Obama recorded the address in Washington before leaving Friday for a weekend in Florida.

In the Republican address, Ohio Sen. Rob Portman says Obama's proposed 2015 budget taxes too much and spends too much.

Portman says Senate Republicans have a plan to spark economic recovery by getting government out of the way.

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Online:

Obama address: http://whitehouse.gov

Republican address: www.youtube.com/user/gopweeklyaddress

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