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Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Millcreek, is sponsoring a pair of bills that would raise the general minimum wage immediately to $10.25 per hour and gradually raise it to $12 by 2022, as well as increasing the tipped minimum wage to $3.25.

SALT LAKE CITY — A state lawmaker plans to make another run at raising the minimum wage in Utah.

Rep. Lynn Hemingway, D-Millcreek, is sponsoring a pair of bills that would raise the general minimum wage immediately to $10.25 per hour and gradually raise it to $12 by 2022, as well as increasing the tipped minimum wage to $3.25.

Minimum wage in Utah currently is $7.25, the same as the federal rate, which has not increased since 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

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Hemingway said he's sponsoring HB117 and HB118 "because our minimum wage workers need some help. They don't have the opportunity to have a decent life at $7.25. They're all struggling."

The Democratic lawmaker has introduced similar legislation in past sessions, including last year when he proposed bumping the minimum wage to $10.25 and then gradually boosting it to $15 over four years.

The bill failed to advance to the House floor for debate.

Hemingway's proposals this year call for an incremental increase of the minimum wage to $12 over four years after the initial raise. He says he hopes the change makes this bill more palatable to the Legislature.