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Acting Labor secretary in Ohio to discuss wages

CINCINNATI (AP) -- The acting U.S. secretary of labor will hear from low-wage workers in southwest Ohio about the proposal from President Barack Obama's administration to raise the minimum wage.

The Labor Department says Seth Harris will be joined by Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory and low-wage workers and workers' advocates Wednesday for a roundtable discussion. The department says workers will talk about how raising the current wage of $7.25 an hour would help them and their families.

Critics of hiking the minimum wage say it could hurt businesses and deter hiring.

The Democratic president on Monday introduced Justice Department official Thomas Perez as his choice for labor secretary. He faces some Republican opposition.