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Timothy P. Carney: Wal-Mart, Costco back minimum wage that could hurt small rivals

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Amid all those goodies in the Iraq supplemental funding bill for sugar beet farmers, California orange growers and ornamental shrub dealers lies another provision requested by big business: an increase in the federal minimum wage. Two of the five biggest retailers in the U.S. — Wal-Mart and Costco — have lobbied for the minimum-wage hike that Democrats are now on the verge of delivering, a move...

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