Legislation dubbed the Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 (S.460) was introduced in the U.S. Congress on March 5, 2013. The bill, sponsored by Senator Tom Harkin, along with a companion bill by House Rep. George Miller (H.R. 6211) would incrementally raise the minimum wage from $7.25 (the present federal rate) to $10.10 per hour over three years. Dozens of workforce advocates across the country support the measure, particularly since the minimum wage has far less purchasing power today than it did 45 years ago. The tipped rate for service workers in restaurants and other industries has been stuck at a diminutive $2.13 per hour since 1991. The Fair Minimum Wage Act proposes to increase the tipped rate to 70% of the non-tipped minimum wage. For more on the Fair Minimum Wage Act from the House Committee on Education and the Workforce click here.
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