Democrats are continuing a push to increase in the minimum wage. Illinois US Senator Dick Durbin says that ought to include a big hike in the rate for employees who get tips. Waiters, bellhops, barbers and any other employees who get a lot of tips can be paid a lower minimum wage. Under federal law, that's just $2.13 an hour. Durbin says says that rate hasn't been increased in more than 20 years:
"And unfortunately, even good waiters and waitresses are really averaging, many of them, only $9 an hour. A little bit more than minimum wage by Illinois standards, which is $8.25, but hardly enough to have a life of comfort and luxury."
Illinois' minimum wage for tipped employees is $4.95 an hour -- higher than the federal level. Durbin wants to see it raised to about $7 an hour across the country. Republicans counter that a higher minimum wage would result in employers cutting jobs.
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