February 16, 2014 12:17 AM

States with higher minimum wages lure workers

In the nation’s debate about the minimum wage, which President Barack Obama has proposed increasing at the federal level to $10.10 from $7.25, this rolling borderland of onion farms and strip malls provides a test tube of sorts for observing how the minimum wage works in daily life, and how differences in the rate can affect a local economy in sometimes unexpected ways.

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