Kan. House Approves Minimum Wage Increase

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ The House has approved a bill raising Kansas' lowest-in-the-nation minimum wage, putting it one step from final passage in the Legislature.

The vote Friday was 110-15. The Senate also planned to consider the measure Friday, and its approval would send it to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who supports it.

The measure raises the wage to $7.25 an hour in January 2010 from the current $2.65. The federal minimum wage will increase to $7.25 in July, from its current $6.55.

The state estimates that 17,000 to 20,000 of Kansas' 1.4 million workers fall under the state minimum wage.

The federal government says 45 states have a minimum wage, but only six, including Kansas, set it below the federal rate.

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