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Minimum wage bills pushed by Democrats in at least 30 states, including Utah

By Michael Hill

Associated Press

Published: Sunday, Jan. 26 2014 12:00 a.m. MST

—New Hampshire: Democrats who control the House are pushing a minimum wage increase.

—New Mexico: A proposed constitutional amendment introduced in the Senate would automatically increase the state's minimum wage each year to adjust it for inflation. If approved by lawmakers, the measure would be placed on the November ballot.

—New York: Bill would accelerate the state's scheduled minimum wage increase to $9 by 2015 and tie it to the inflation rate.

—Pennsylvania: At least half a dozen bills would raise the state's $7.25-an-hour minimum wage.

—Rhode Island: Bill would raise the minimum wage from $8 to $9 in 2015.

—South Carolina: One bill would require employers to pay at least $10 an hour or whatever federal law requires, whichever is greater. Another would require employers to pay $1 more than the federal minimum wage. Additionally, there is a resolution to ask voters whether the state constitution should change to allow for a minimum wage greater than the federal minimum wage.

—South Dakota: Ballot measure would raise the minimum wage from the current $7.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour beginning in January 2015.

—Tennessee: House Democrats plan to introduce a minimum wage bill this year.

—Utah: A Democratic lawmaker is working on a proposal to increase Utah's minimum wage by $1 from $7.25 to $8.25.

—Vermont: A bill in the House would raise the minimum wage to $12.50 in 2015, while a bill in the Senate would boost it to $12 per hour in 2016. Both would adjust it for inflation afterward.

—Virginia: One bill would raise the wage to $8.50 an hour, another to $8.25.

—Washington: A bill would increase what is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation to $12 an hour over the next three years.

—West Virginia: House Democratic delegates are pushing a $1 increase to the minimum wage.

—Wisconsin: Bills would raise the general minimum wage from $7.25 to $7.60.

—Wyoming: A bill would raise the minimum wage to $9 an hour for non-tipped employees.

Contributing were Associated Press writers Philip Elliott in Washington; Steve LeBlanc in Boston; Gary Fineout in Tallahassee, Fla.; Erik Schelzig in Nashville, Tenn.; and Tom LoBianco in Indianapolis.

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