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State of the Union: Minimum wage increase to $10.10 an hour for new federal contracts

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The White House says President Barack Obama will sign an executive order setting the minimum wage for workers under new federal contracts at $10.10 an hour. The president will announce the increase in his State of the Union address.

President Barack Obama works at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House Monday night ahead of Tuesday night's State of the Union speech.

The increase will not affect existing federal contracts, only new ones.

The current minimum wage is $7.25 an hour.

Obama will renew his call for Congress to increase the national minimum wage to $10.10 and tie future increases to inflation.

Increasing the wage for federal contractors does not require congressional action.

The White House says those who would benefit from the executive order include federally contracted janitors and construction workers as well as workers in military bases who wash dishes, serve food and do laundry.

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