TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The Senate passes a bill increasing the
state minimum wage to match the federal minimum.
The 33-7 vote Thursday sends the bill to the House.
The current state hourly minimum wage is $2.65. On Jan. 1, 2010, it would go to $7.25, which will be the federal minimum as of July 24.
Supporters say the state minimum has been unchanged since the 1980s and affects about 20,000 Kansans who earn less than the federal minimum wage, currently at $6.55 per hour.
It would apply to businesses with less than $500,000 in annual revenues or if a business doesn't engage in interstate commerce,
including accepting credit cards.
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