Minimum Wage Hike Wouldn’t Cover All Workers

WASHINGTON (April 16, 2014) Some workers wouldn’t benefit even if a long-shot Democratic proposal to raise the federal minimum wage were to become law because more than a dozen categories of jobs are exempt from the hourly minimum, which is now $7.25.

Those exclusions include everything from some workers with disabilities to crews on fishing ships to casual baby sitters.

Legislation sponsored by Iowa Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin would gradually raise the minimum to $10.10 by 2016.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the measure would boost earnings for 16.5 million workers, but also would cost 500,000 others their jobs.

The bill doesn't eliminate exemptions from the required minimum.

Harkin would gradually raise salaries of tipped workers such as waiters to 70 percent of the minimum wage.

They currently earn $2.13 hourly.

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