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Minimum wage hike passes Iowa Senate subcommittee

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DES MOINES (AP) -

A bill to boost Iowa's minimum wage has won preliminary approval in the Iowa Senate.

A three-member subcommittee backed the bill Tuesday, with two Democrats and one Republican voting in favor.

The bill would gradually raise Iowa's minimum wage from $7.25 to $8.75.

Sen. Tony Bisignano, a Des Moines Democrat, says the bill was an overdue effort to help low-wage workers. Sen. Rick Bertrand, a Republican from Sioux City, said this would keep Iowa wages in line with neighboring states.

The bill is expected to win approval in the Democratic-majority Senate, but prospects are less clear in the Republican-controlled House.

Asked last week if House Republicans would support raising the minimum wage, Republican House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, of Hiawatha, said his caucus was more focused on training for high-paying jobs.

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