A bill raising the minimum wage in Kansas receives first-round approval in the House. The state's minimum wage is now $2.65, the lowest of any of the 45 states that set their own wage rates for workers who aren't covered by federal law. The bill would increase it to $7.25 for
most workers on Jan. 1.
The House advanced the bill on a voice vote today. Another vote will determine if the measure wins final approval. The Senate approved the bill last month, but a House committee amended it, and senators would have to review those changes.
The state estimates that between 17,000 and 20,000 workers earn less than the federal minimum wage, currently $6.55 an hour and due
to increase in July to $7.25.