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'Poverty threshold' enters minimum wage discussion

The House proposal is meant to shield low-income workers from a $1 tip credit

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

~~<p>In a potential framework for an agreement, the state House Finance Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expand the tip credit to $1 while shielding low-income workers.</p>
<p>The $7.25-an-hour minimum wage would gradually rise to $10 an hour over four years, giving businesses time to absorb the increase. The 25-cent tip credit &mdash; the amount businesses can deduct from the minimum wage for workers who earn tips &mdash; would rise to $1 over three years.</p>
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In a potential framework for an agreement, the state House Finance Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expand the tip credit to $1 while shielding low-income workers.

The $7.25-an-hour minimum wage would gradually rise to $10 an hour over four years, giving businesses time to absorb the increase. The 25-cent tip credit — the amount businesses can deduct from the minimum wage for workers who earn tips — would rise to $1 over three years. Login for more...



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