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House pitches a delay for small business

State representatives want to postpone the increase until 2019 for companies with 100 or fewer workers

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 18, 2014

~~<p>State House negotiators suggested Thursday that a minimum wage increase be delayed for workers at small businesses, a tactic that could put pressure on the state Senate to accept the existing House draft of the bill.</p>
<p>The House has approved a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expand a tip credit to 75 cents. Businesses could claim the tip credit on workers who earn at least $7 more than the minimum wage. But the Senate opted to go to conference committee with the goal of boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by January 2017.</p>
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State House negotiators suggested Thursday that a minimum wage increase be delayed for workers at small businesses, a tactic that could put pressure on the state Senate to accept the existing House draft of the bill.

The House has approved a bill that would increase the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018 and expand a tip credit to 75 cents. Businesses could claim the tip credit on workers who earn at least $7 more than the minimum wage. But the Senate opted to go to conference committee with the goal of boosting the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by January 2017. Login for more...



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