- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank President Esther George says she advocates for “a very slow process” of getting interest rates back to something normal, while maintaining the recovery.

George made the statement during a meeting Tuesday in Wichita with a coalition of labor and community leaders who champion working-class families. Sunflower Community Action and its allies were lobbying her to keep interest rates low to allow the economy time to fully recover for low-income people.

Activists told her of their personal struggles feeding their families and paying bills on minimum wage jobs.

George says the Federal Reserve plays an important role in the economy, but a narrow role relative to what it can directly affect.

She cites other actors in the economy, such as the government and the private sector.

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